Dixie Chicken

Dixie Chicken

by Little Feat


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Following Roy Estrada's departure during the supporting tour for Sailin' Shoes, Lowell George became infatuated with New Orleans R&B and mellow jamming, all of which came to a head on their third album, 1973's Dixie Chicken. Although George is firmly in charge - he dominates the record, writing or co-writing seven of the 10 songs - this is the point where Little Feat found its signature sound as a band, and no album they would cut from this point on was too different from this seductive, laid-back, funky record. But no album would be quite as good, either, since Dixie Chicken still had much of the charming lyrical eccentricities of the first two albums, plus what is arguably George's best-ever set of songs. Partially due to the New Orleans infatuation, the album holds together better than Sailin' Shoes and George takes full advantage of the band's increased musical palette, writing songs that sound easy but are quite sophisticated, such as the rolling "Two Trains," the gorgeous, shimmering "Juliette," the deeply soulful and funny "Fat Man in the Bathtub" and the country-funk of the title track, which was covered nearly as frequently as "Willin'." In addition to "Walkin' All Night," a loose bluesy jam by Barrere and Bill Payne, the band also hauls out two covers which fit George's vibe perfectly: Allan Toussaint's slow burner "On Your Way Down" and "Fool Yourself," which was written by Fred Tackett, who later joined a reunited Feat in the '80s. It all adds up to a nearly irresistible record, filled with great songwriting, sultry grooves, and virtuosic performances that never are flashy. Little Feat, along with many jam bands that followed, tried to top this album, but they never managed to make a record this understated, appealing and fine.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992727020
catalogNumber: 2686
Rank: 2049

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Feat   Primary Artist
Tret Fure   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mick Taylor   Guitar
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Barrére   Guitar,Vocals
Lowell George   Guitar,Vocals,cowbell
Gloria Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Malcolm Cecil   Synthesizer
Sam Clayton   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Kenny Gradney   Bass
Richie Hayward   Drums,Vocals
Milt Holland   Percussion,Tabla
Danny Hutton   Vocals
Deborah Lindsey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Stephanie Spruill   Vocals
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Trumpet
Stephanie Spurville   Background Vocals
Dan Hutton   Background Vocals
Debbie Lindsey   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lowell George   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Appere   Engineer
Michael Boshears   Engineer
Neon Park   Art Direction

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Dixie Chicken 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still have the LP version and listen to it often at home. That's been more years than I care to reveal in public. Suffice it to say that it's just as fresh now as it was when I first heard it. Now I want to fill my car with their original, funky, and somtimes hillarious sounds. If you love New Orleans, you'll love this CD. You will never grow tired of listening to, singing, and rocking along with the band. BUY IT! TREAT YOURSELF!
rvadolphin More than 1 year ago
This is a blast from the past!!!
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