A two-part, four-hour feature on Little Feat aired on the Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 editions of Greasy Tracks which included interviews with all members of the band as well as music from across the group’s career.
The group was formed in 1969 by guitarist Lowell George and bassist Roy Estrada — both fresh from a stint with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention — along with keyboardist Bill Payne and drummer Richie Hayward who had played with George in The Factory several years earlier.
The original line-up released two albums, the eponymous debut in 1971 and Sailin’ Shoes a year later. By 1972, guitarist Paul Barrère was added along with bassist Kenny Gradney who replaced Estrada who had opted to join Capt. Beefheart’s Magic Band, perhaps one of the ultimate most bizarre career moves ever taken. Percussionist Sam Clayton, who had played with Gradney in Delaney & Bonnie’s band, soon joined as the group hit the road to support the Sailin’ Shoes release before heading into the studio to record Dixie Chicken.
Between 1973-79, they would release five studio albums and the in-concert offering, Waiting for Columbus, widely regarded as one of the best live recordings ever.
George passed away in 1979 and Hayward in 2010.
Exclusive interviews with Paye, Barrère, Clayton, Gradney, guitarist Fred Tackett and drummer Gabe Ford were aired with members providing interesting points of view on the history of the band, its legacy and some interesting insight on working with the enigmatic/inimitable Lowell George.