Join the Band [Bonus Track]

Join the Band [Bonus Track]

by Little FeatLittle Feat


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Not too long after their successful 1988 comeback, Let It Roll, Little Feat quietly morphed into a working band, one that made its name via its gigs, not its records. New albums popped up -- some better than others, none all that bad -- but their strength was the stage, where they relied on that incomparable catalog of chestnuts, occasionally dropping a newer tune into rotation. They've been jamming on these songs so long that it's no big deal that they've invited a group of friends -- some old, some new, some inexplicable -- to play those songs, along with some other great jammable tunes, like Bobby Charles' immortal "See You Later Alligator" and the Band's deathless "The Weight," which does lend itself self to communal singalongs from the Staple Singers to Weezer. If the title itself isn't a tip-off, communal singalongs are the name of the game here, as everybody kicks back and cheerfully warbles through a good selection of songs, never quite reworking them -- well, apart from a sorely misguided attempt to skew "Fat Man in the Bathtub" toward Dave Matthews' loping worldbeat style -- but rather playing them one more time, sometimes with feeling. More often, they play with a sleepy comfort, slipping these songs on like flip-flops that may be kicking around two summers too long. Depending on who's along for the ride, this vacillates between overly familiar and happily friendly, with some longtime friends inspiring a lazy stroll (Jimmy Buffett, who lent his studio for this project, dozes through his pair) while others nudge the band into second gear (Vince Gill kicks up some dust on "Dixie Chicken" and "Spanish Moon"). Join the Band is bottom-loaded something fierce, as it concludes with Emmylou Harris leading Feat, Béla Fleck, and Sam Bush through a down 'n' dirty "Sailin' Shoes" that harks back to Lowell George at his most cheerfully vulgar, while his daughter Inara turns in a delicate, lovely "Trouble" that's gently moving. And then there's Chris Robinson, who joins the group for Bill Payne's "Oh Atlanta," pushing the band toward the only cut that could be called "lively" here. It's a great reminder of how good a rock & roll band Little Feat were and can still be, but listening to the rangy good times on this one cut, it's hard not to wish that Robinson had just coaxed his brother into delivering a full-fledged Feat tribute with the Black Crowes instead.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: 429 Records
UPC: 0795041773524
catalogNumber: 17735
Rank: 46228

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Feat   Primary Artist
Brooks & Dunn   Guest Appearance
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Buffett   Guest Appearance
Paul Barrére   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Dave Matthews   Guest Appearance
Sonny Landreth   Slide Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Duncan Cameron   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sam Clayton   Conga,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Kenny Gradney   Bass
Richie Hayward   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,national steel guitar
Jim Mayer   Standup Bass,Slap Bass,Guest Appearance
Shaun Murphy   Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Robinson   Guest Appearance
Bob Seger   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Fred Tackett   Guitar,Mandolin,Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Michael Utley   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Inara George   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mike Gordon   Bass,Guest Appearance
Alan Schulman   Background Vocals
Brad Paisley   Guitar

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Jimmy Buffett   Composer,Executive Producer
Paul Barrére   Composer
Lowell George   Composer
Martin Kibbee   Composer
Steve Lowery   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Producer
Bill Payne   Producer,Liner Notes
William Payne   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Brian Vibberts   Engineer
Craig Fuller   Engineer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Will Kimbrough   Composer
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Chris Kress   Engineer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Alan Schulman   Engineer
Jared Slomoff   Engineer
Jeff Kersey   Engineer
Roger Cole   Engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer

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