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Little Feat 
"Join The Band"


Release Date August 26, 2008


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LITTLE FEAT THROWS A PARTY WITH NEW “JOIN THE BAND”
Group Teams With Guest Artists Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, Chris Robinson, Emmylou Harris, Brooks & Dunn, Bob Seger, Inara George, Sonny Landreth and Others 
Produced by Bill Payne and Mac McAnally

Album in Stores August 26th on 429 Records.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Forty years into an iconic career that has produced dozens of wonderful songs and a host of admiring musical peers, Little Feat has united the two with a new release, Join the Band, that features some of their classic tunes – “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” “Dixie Chicken,” “Sailing Shoes,” “Oh, Atlanta” - re-recorded with creative friends like Dave Matthews and Jimmy Buffett among many others (see above), as well as new material like Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” 

A distinctive and eclectic blend of rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie, Little Feat’s musical style was forged when Lowell George was fired from Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and told to form his own band. Bill Payne, Richie Hayward and Roy Estrada joined with him to create Little Feat, a band that would continue recording, touring and transcending musical boundaries long after the tragic and premature death of its founder. “LITTLE FEAT: JOIN THE BAND” is in stores August 26th on 429 Records (Savoy Label Group).

JOIN THE BAND was an idea born in 2004 just after original Little Feat keyboardist Billy Payne had played on Jimmy Buffett’s chart topping album, License to Chill. Jimmy suggested flying the band out to his Shrimp Boat Sound studios in Key West to put together the all star project that had been planned for years prior. With the production team of Payne and Buffett associates Mac McAnally and Alan Schulman in place, the project began to take shape. 

Just as it was impossible to easily categorize the sound of Little Feat, JOIN THE BAND is a true collaboration amongst stellar talents—the current members of Little Feat including Billy Payne ( keyboards), Richie Hayward (drums), Paul Barrere (guitar), Sam Clayton (Percussion), Kenny Gradney (bass), Fred Tackett (guitar) and Shaun Murphy (vocals) would often provide backup on songs sending tracks to artists giving them full reign over their contribution. Some songs such as Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” feature Little Feat members on vocals with guest artists Mike Gordon from Phish laying down the bass. The resulting confluence of Feat, Phish, Guthrie, blues folk and gospel creates a musical gem unique to the spirit of “JOIN THE BAND.” 

Little Feat will be on tour throughout the Summer and Fall of 2008—dates TBA.

429 Records is a unit of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American unit of CME (Columbia Music Entertainment), the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a leading independent company in the adult music genres consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. SLG is lead by Steve Vining and CME is headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, founder of Zelnick Media which owns interests in and manages an array of media companies. 

Little Feat is: 

Paul Barrere guitars, vocals
Sam Clayton percussion, vocals
Kenny Gradney bass
Richie Hayward drums, vocals
Shaun Murphy vocals, tambourine
Fred Tackett guitars, mandolin, trumpet, vocals
Bill Payne keyboards, vocals

LITTLE FEAT: JOIN THE BAND song credits:

Lead vocals are listed in order of appearance

DIXIE CHICKEN 
Lead vocals: Vince Gill, Paul Barrere
Background vocals: Paul Barrere, Shaun Murphy, Mac McAnally, Bill Payne
Guitars: Paul Barrere slide & electric guitar; Fred Tackett electric guitar; Sonny Landreth slide guitar; Mac McAnally acoustic guitar
Keyboards: Bill Payne - piano; Michael Utley (Coral Reefer Band) - B-3 
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton congas; Ralph McDonald (Coral Reefer Band) shakers

SOMETHING IN THE WATER
Lead vocal: Bob Seger
Background vocals: Shaun Murphy; Mac McAnally
Guitar:s: Brad Paisley lead guitar; Paul Barrere slide guitar; Fred Tackett electric guitar
Fiddle: Sam Bush
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano and B-3
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton congas

SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR
Lead vocal: Paul Barrere; Shaun Murphy
Background vocals: Mac McAnally; Shaun Murphy
Guitars: Paul Barrere slide guitar, electric guitar; Fred Tackett electric guitar; Mac McAnally acoustic guitar
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano; Michael Utley B-3
Bass: Jim Mayer standup bass & slap
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton congas


FAT MAN IN THE BATHTUB
Lead vocal: Dave Matthews
Background vocals: Dave Matthews, Shaun Murphy
Guitars: Sony Landreth slide guitar and solo; Paul Barrere slide guitar; Fred Tackett electric guitar; Mac McAnally national guitar
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano, B-3, synths
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton congas

CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
Lead vocals: Paul Barrere, Jimmy Buffett
Guitars: Fred Tackett electric guitar; Mac McAnally acoustic & high string
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano, B-3
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums & brushes: Richie Hayward
The Whistler: Paul Barrere

THE WEIGHT
Lead vocals: Paul Barrere
Background vocals: Fred Tackett, Shaun Murphy, Richie Hayward, Bill Payne
Guitars: Paul Barrere acoustic guitar; Fred Tackett mandolin; Mac McAnally acoustic guitar
Banjo: Bela Fleck
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano; Michael Utley B-3
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton tambourine

DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT
Lead vocals: Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton, Shaun Murphy
Background vocals: Fred Tackett, Richie Hayward, Bill Payne, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton
Guitars: Paul Barrere slide & electric; Fred Tackett electric guitar; Mac McAnally tic tac telly
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums: Richie Hayward

TIME LOVES A HERO
Lead vocals: Jimmy Buffett, Bill Payne
Background vocals: Paul Barrere, Shaun Murphy, Mac McAnally
Guitars: Paul Barrere slide & electric guitar; Fred Tackett electric guitar (w/pencil)
Pans: Robert Greenidge (Coral Reefer Band)
Keyboards: Bill Payne synths; Michael Utley B-3
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton congas; Ralph MacDonald tambourine & cowbell

WILLIN’
Lead vocals: Ronnie Dunn, Kicks Brooks
Background vocals: Mac McAnally
Guitars: Paul Barrere electric guitar & slide solo; Fred Tackett electric guitar; Mac McAnally electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Pedal Steel: Duncan Cameron
Keyboards Bill Payne piano; Mac McAnally B-3
Bass Kenny Gradney
Drums Richie Hayward
Percussion Ralph MacDonald tambourine & triangle

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
Lead vocals: Paul Barrere, Shaun Murphy
Background vocals: Mac McAnally, Bill Payne, Michael Utley, Alan Schulman
Guitars: Paul Barrere acoustic slide; Fred Tackett electric guitar; Mac McAnally acoustic guitar
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano; Michael Utley B-3
Bass: Mike Gordon
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton tambourine

OH ATLANTA
Lead vocals: Chris Robinson, Bill Payne
Background vocals: Paul Barrere, Shaun Murphy, Sam Clayton, Mac McAnally
Guitars: Paul Barrere electric guitar; Fred Tackett slide guitar & solo; Mac McAnally acoustic guitar
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton congas

SPANISH MOON
Lead vocals: Sam Clayton, Craig Fuller
Background vocals: Paul Barrere, Shaun Murphy
Guitars: Vince Gill acoustic guitar solo; Paul Barrere slide guitar; Fred Tackett electric guitar; Mac McAnally acoustic guitar
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano, B-3, synths
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton congas

TROUBLE
Lead vocal: Inara George
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano

SAILING SHOES
Lead vocals: Emmylou Harris, Shaun Murphy, Paul Barrere
Background vocals: Sam Clayton, Richie Hayward, Shaun Murphy, Mac McAnally
Guitars: Paul Barrere slide guitar; Mac McAnally national guitar
Mandolins: Fred Tackett, Sam Bush
Fiddle: Sam Bush
Banjo: Bela Fleck
Keyboards: Bill Payne piano & B-3
Bass: Kenny Gradney
Drums: Richie Hayward
Percussion: Sam Clayton tambourine

Contact:
Kurt Nishimura
SILVERLAKE MEDIA
323/663-6303
kurtnishimura@earthlink.net

About Little Feat

In the liner notes for Join the Band, Little Feat’s new, career-summing CD, Bill Payne describes their motivation for recording as a way of locating the band’s influences. When you’ve played together for nearly forty years and have the instrumental chops and ears that Feat does, that’s a lot of influences, so that they can work with friends from Jimmy Buffett to Dave Matthews to Bob Seger to Emmylou Harris to Vince Gill to Chris Robinson and Mike Gordon – and it all makes musical sense. 

Little Feat is very possibly the last-man (and woman)-standing example of what used to be the norm in American music, a fusion of a broad span of styles and genres into something utterly distinctive. Feat took California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie and more, stirred it into a rich gumbo, and has been leading people in joyful dance ever since. Join the Band sums up that story, and it’s a complex and interesting one.

And it all began because in 1969 Frank Zappa was smart enough to fire Lowell George from the Mothers, and tell him to start one of his own. Paul Barrere, Feat’s guitarist, wrote recently, ”It’s almost 33 years ago exactly since Mr. [Lowell] George came to the front door of the Laurel Canyon house I was livin’ in, with that beautiful white ”p“ bass in hand, and asked if I wanted to try out as bass player for his new band. As most who know the story’s end can tell you, as a bassist I make an excellent guitarist…” 

Actually, there were about 18 bass players that first year – that seat took a while to fill. George first settled on keyboard wizard Bill Payne, then added drummer Richie Hayward and bassist Roy Estrada (also a Zappa vet). They were quickly signed by Warner Bros., and began working on the first of 12 albums with that venerable company. 

The first album, Little Feat, featured the instant-classic tune “Willin’,” and the follow-up Sailin’ Shoes added “Easy to Slip,” “Trouble,” “Tripe Face Boogie,” “Cold Cold Cold” and the title track to their repertoire. Estrada departed, and the band signed up (on guitar!) Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton (percussion) and Kenny Gradney (bass), and the new guys are still around. 

1973’s Dixie Chicken gave them the title track and “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” as good a blues as any rock band’s ever written. The hits kept coming: the title track from Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974) and The Last Record Album (1975), which included “Rock and Roll Doctor,” “All That You Dream,” and “Oh, Atlanta” – another Southern-based winner (pretty good for a bunch of guys from L.A.! In 1977, Time Loves a Hero delivered the classic title song, and their career to that point was summed up with the live Waiting for Columbus, truly one of the best live albums rock has ever heard. 

Success is hard. It cost Feat their founder, Lowell George, who passed in 1979 while working on Down on the Farm. And it cost them their joy; shortly after, they disbanded. 

In 1986, Barrere and Payne met up in a chance jam session, and found that they could still find that inspiration. What they had written in ”Hangin’ On To The Good Times Here“ - ”…although we went our own ways, we couldn’t escape from where we came, so we find ourselves back at the table again, telling stories of survivors and friends” – was of course true, as with any righteous song – and in 1988 they hit the road again, where they’ve been ever since, joined by Craig Fuller on vocals and Fred Tackett on guitar. Let It Roll re-introduced them to the world, and was followed by Representing the Mambo and then Shake Me Up. Craig left and Shaun Murphy joined in 1993; her feminine energy and powerful blues voice revitalized Feat, and 15 years later the lineup remains the same. 

Live from Neon Park – the name was a tribute to the album cover artist most often associated with Feat – was a two CD set taken from shows at legendary venues like San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, and Portland (Oregon)’s Roseland Ballroom. The studio albums Under The Radar and Chinese Work Songs added new favorite songs, especially “Calling The Children Home” and “Another Sunday,” along with creative covers of Dylan, The Band, and Phish songs. 

In the early part of the new millennium, Feat started their own Hot Tomato Records and began to share their rich archives with their fans, producing the double CD collections of rarities Raw Tomatos and Ripe Tomatos from both fan and band tapes. 2002 also yielded Live From the Ram’s Head, a two-CD acoustic show, and in ’03 came Down Upon the Suwannee, a live show recorded on the banks of the river at the Magnolia Festival in northern Florida. Hot Tomato also gave the musicians the freedom to deliver solo work, as well, first with Fred Tackett’s In A Town Like This, and then Bill Payne’s Cielo Norte, an intimate, lyrical marriage of keyboards. 

Little Feat’s rich legacy was acknowledged at the 25th anniversary of the monumental live album Waiting for Columbus when Rhino Records put out a special two CD edition of the original concert, plus outtakes, along with Hotcakes and Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat, a four-CD, 83 track boxed set featuring hits from all of Feat’s albums as well as alternate takes and rarities from a rich past, which has included playing with everybody from Bob Dylan to Beck, Willie Nelson to Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, John Lee Hooker, and…you name it.

And now there’s Join the Band, in some ways a summing up of all that’s preceded it. Bill Payne said it was about locating their influences. In some ways, it documents the way they’ve influenced the musicians who listen to them. And it certainly documents a musical career.

You can go a number of ways when you spend your life on the road. You can get eaten up by the stresses and quit, or just die inside and get bitter and think you’re owed something. Or you can hold on to your music and your friends and the joy of the people out front and keep the priorities straight the way the seven Featsters have. 

Almost two score years later, they’ve been up and they’ve been down and they know where they belong – standing or sitting behind their instruments, playing for you. Join the Band will tell you that story – to now. Because the end is not in sight. 

Management: Cameron Sears/Sirius Management (Cameron@siriusman.com) and John Scher/MetroHybrid (john@metrohybrid.com

Publicity:
Dennis McNally ( DennisMcNally@mac.com) (415 648 4832).

Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt- Dixie Chicken

June 1977 Midnight Special with:
Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris & Jesse Winchester.

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