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.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsLittle 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 CreditsLowell George Producer,Audio Production
Robert Appere Engineer
Michael Boshears Engineer
Neon Park Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dixie Chicken based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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!
This is a blast from the past!!!