Little Feat to Release 16th Studio Album, 'Rooster Rag,' June 26

May 22, 2012
imgIt’s borderline miraculous to have a band surprise you on its 16th studio effort, but Little Feat’s Rooster Rag – to be released on Rounder Records June 26 – documents a vitality that many a baby band would love to have. Bill Payne delivers four new songs written with the legendary Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.  Fred Tackett contributes four songs that demonstrate some superb songwriting and singing. Paul Barrere drops a classic cover and a sizzling rocker written with the late Stephen Bruton. Sam Clayton brings it with a cover of Little Walter.  New band member Gabe Ford keeps Feat’s funky rhythms going in a fashion that would have made Richie Hayward proud. And Kenny Gradney just keeps on providing a truly superb bottom end.

Recorded at long-time Bonnie Raitt guitarist Johnnie Lee Schell’s studio in Los Angeles, Rooster Rag includes visits from Fabulous Thunderbirds harp monster Kim Wilson, all-around string star Larry Campbell on violin, Aces Darrell Leonard on trumpet, Joe Sublet on saxophone, and additional vocals from Johnnie Lee himself.

All those other flavors add plenty, but in the end, the sound is unmistakably Little Feat. Paul Barrere reflected on it, “I’m really pleased with how it came out.  Gabriel Ford steps up large – this is his first studio effort. What everybody added to everybody else’s songs is really remarkable. It was truly a collaboration and it shows – it’s a good old Little Feat album.”

            The songs:

            Candy Man Blues – (Mississippi John Hurt), sung by Paul
            Rooster Rag – (Bill Payne and Robert Hunter)
            Church Falling Down – (Fred Tackett)
            Salome – (Bill Payne and Robert Hunter)
            One Breath at a Time – (Fred Tackett), vocals by Fred, Sam, and Paul
            Just a Fever – (Paul Barrere and Stephen Bruton)
            Rag Top Down – (Bill Payne and Robert Hunter)
            Way Down Under – (Bill Payne and Robert Hunter)
            Jamaica Will Break Your Heart – (Fred Tackett), vocal by Paul
            Tattooed Girl – (Fred Tackett)
            The Blues Keep Coming – (Bill Payne and Gabriel Ford)
            Mellow Down Easy – (Willie Dixon), vocal by Sam

Feat’s beautifully tasty blend of funk, New Orleans rhythms, Delta blues, and thirty other flavors of American music has survived the loss of several band members and the vicissitudes of touring life – in fact, it’s not only endured, but thrived. Feat doesn’t fail, and neither does Rooster Rag.

9          The Mount (Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center)                        Tamiment, PA

14         Hideaway Park                                                                           Winter Park, CO
21         Da Vinci Days Festival                                                               Corvallis, OR
26         Granada Theatre                                                                       Dallas, TX
27         La Zona Rosa                                                                           Austin, TX
28         Tipitina’s                                                                                   New Orleans, LA
30         Soul Kitchen                                                                             Mobile, AL
31         Florida Theater                                                                          Jacksonville, FL

1          Capitol Theater                                                                          Clearwater, FL
3          Variety Playhouse                                                                       Atlanta, GA
4          Cats Cradle                                                                               Carrboro, NC
5          The Morehead Center                                                                Morehead City, NC
7          Bottle and Cork                                                                         Dewey Beach, DE
8          Rams Head Live                                                                         Baltimore, MD
10         Flying Monkey Performance Center                                            Plymouth, NH
11         Indian Ranch                                                                            Webster, MA
12         Blue Ocean Music Hall                                                               Salisbury, MA
14         Theatre at Westbury                                                                   Westbury, NY
15         Ridgefield Playhouse                                                                  Ridgefield, CT
17         Whitaker Center                                                                         Harrisburg, PA
18         Folk Festival                                                                              Philadelphia, PA
20         The Music Pier                                                                          Ocean City, NJ
22         Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club                                             New York, NY

2          Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater                                                    Minneapolis, MN
3          Verizon Events Center                                                               Mankato, MN
5          Englert Theatre                                                                         Iowa City, IA
6-7       Park West                                                                                 Chicago, IL
11         Cain's Ballroom                                                                         Tulsa, OK
13         Bluebird Theatre                                                                        Denver, CO
14         Telluride Blues and Brews Festival                                               Telluride, CO

For more information, including a free download of the track “Rooster Rag,” visit
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