Feat is a band who have mixed blues, R & B, country and rock
and roll styles together since they formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, and are known for their eclectic mix of
many forms of music.
by two former members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention; songwriter and
guitarist Lowell George, who also provided vocals and slide
guitar, and Roy Estrada on bass guitar,
along with drummer Richard Hayward and Bill Payne
first two albums, Little Feat and Sailin'
Shoes, in conjunction with Warner
Brothers Records, received good reviews but failed commercially, and the
band split up until 1972
when it reformed with Kenny Gradney replacing Estrada (who left to become a
computer programmer). This new incarnation also
included guitarist Paul Barrere and percussionist Sam Clayton. The group went on to record Dixie Chicken, one of the group’s most
popular albums, as well as Feats Don't Fail Me Now, also for Warner
Brothers Records. In August 1977, Little Feat recorded a live album
entitled Waiting for Columbus, which is considered
by many rock music critics to be one of the best live albums of the decade. It
was released in 1978.
group disbanded in 1979
after George’s death from an apparent heart attack, but reformed yet again in 1988 when Barrere,
Clayton, Gradney, Hayward and Payne added guitarists Craig Fuller and Fred Tackett, the former also providing vocals.
Fuller’s vocals were replaced by those of female singer Shaun
Murphy. Miss Murphy began her career working in Detroit, Michigan, most notably in theater, and
received a record contract with Rare Earth Records, a division of Motown
Records, as a member of a duet with notable recording artist Meat Loaf.
The duet team later disbanded, and Miss Murphy went on to sing and record with
renowned artists such as Eric Clapton and Bob Seger,
prior to joining Little Feat as a replacement for Craig Fuller. The
replacement was not an easy task for a female in an all-male band, but Murphy
adjusted, and soon became one of the band’s biggest attractions in their evolution.
2002, Little Feat
launched their own record label, Hot Tomato Records.
of the prominent musicians and bands to play, record, and cover the music of Little
Feat include: The Byrds,
Brooks, Jackson Browne, Emmylou
Harris, Nicolette Larson, Randy
Newman, Robert Palmer, Bonnie
Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, John
Sebastian, Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Phish, and Bob Weir.
Feat continues to play and tour all
over the world in
“the new millennium”,
and are regarded by many rock music critics as a “band’s band”, and as being one
of the greatest rock bands in American rock music history.