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Rooster Rag
     

Rooster Rag

by Little Feat
 

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For the better part of two decades, Little Feat have been a touring band that occasionally records, surviving the rough and tumble of the road and of life itself. Founding member Richie Hayward passed in 2010, by which time Gabe Ford had taken over his drumming duties, and 2012's Rooster Rag marks the first time Ford has anchored

Overview

For the better part of two decades, Little Feat have been a touring band that occasionally records, surviving the rough and tumble of the road and of life itself. Founding member Richie Hayward passed in 2010, by which time Gabe Ford had taken over his drumming duties, and 2012's Rooster Rag marks the first time Ford has anchored a Feat studio recording, but it's also the group's first collection of new material in almost a decade. The last was the 2003 Kickin' It at the Barn -- Join the Band, a star-studded stroll through their back pages, appeared in 2008 -- and Rooster Rag feels a bit more focused than that ambling affair, lacking some of the casual virtuosity of Kickin' but gaining the presence of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, who co-wrote three tunes with Bill Payne here. Hunter's presence elevates "Rooster Rag," "Salome," "Rag Top Down," and "Way Down Under," giving the album an anchor of songs that feel fleshed out, not just amiable jams with words laid on top. To these songs, the strongest Feat have cut in many years, add a pair of strong blues covers (Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man Blues" taken as a shuffle," a cleanly funky version of Willie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy"); a good, almost gritty rocker from Paul Barrére and Stephen Bruton in "Just a Fever"; and a pair of plain songs from Fred Tackett ("Tattooed Girl," "Church Falling Down") that he redeems with a pair of low-key charmers ("One Breath at a Time," "Jamaica Will Break Your Heart"). There's just enough mess to keep this aligned with Feat's ramshackle latter-day charms, but Rooster Rag doesn't stray too far from the path; it stays right on track, is relatively lean, and amply illustrates all of Little Feat's enduring charms.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2012
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661914926
catalogNumber:
619149
Rank:
8097

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Feat   Primary Artist
Paul Barrére   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Kim Wilson   Harmonica
Larry Campbell   Violin
Sam Clayton   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Kenny Gradney   Bass,Group Member
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Bill Payne   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Sublett   Saxophone
Fred Tackett   Guitar,Mandolin,Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
Gabriel Ford   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Paul Barrére   Composer,Producer
Stephen Bruton   Composer
Bill Payne   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Johnny Lee Schell   Engineer
Fred Tackett   Composer
Gary Houston   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Dennis McNally   Liner Notes
Gabe Ford   Composer

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