Little Feat was formed by guitarist Lowell George and bassist Roy Estrada in the late 1960s and rose to fame in the 1970s. But the death of George in 1979 seemed certain to mark the end of Little Feat.
However, the other members of the group re-formed and enjoyed a well-deserved comeback in 1988 with “Let It Roll.”
Now, the outfit has jumped into the spotlight again with “Join the Band,” a 15-song set released in August 2008 that has the seven-member troupe joined by a number of famed guest musicians.
Standouts on “Join the Band” include the Delta blues-minded “Fat Man in the Bathtub” featuring slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, a powerful reworking of the Band’s “The Weight” with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and upbeat classic rock of “Something in the Water” showcasing the vocals of Bob Seger.
Little Feat’s long-time love of Cajun swamp boogie comes to life with the help of Vince Gill on the infectious “Dixie Chicken” and the bonus track “I Will Play for Gumbo.”
Little Feat will feature material from across the band’s long career at the Coach House on Nov. 8.
It is the band’s genre-busting mix of styles and excellent musicianship that makes a Little Feat performance so rewarding. Fans of the group know that Little Feat’s sound is an infectious blend of rock, folk, Delta blues, jazz and funk all built around dazzling songs.
The group’s long-time lineup features singer Shaun Murphy, bassist Kenny Gradney, guitarist Fred Tackett, guitarist Paul Barrere, drummer Richard Hayward, percussionist Sam Clayton and keyboardist Bill Payne.
San Diego-based Laura Roppé will open for Little Feat, and will perform songs off her full-length debut “Girl Like This.” Excellent county-styled tracks such as the tuneful “Float Away” and upbeat “Mama Needs A Girls Night Out” are likely to be included in her set.
Little Feat and Laura Roppé will perform at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Tickets are $35.