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

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.
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It’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.

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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.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June
9 The Mount (Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center) Tamiment, PA

July
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

August
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

September
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 www.littlefeat.net

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