Recording information: Clover Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
DIXIE CHICKEN is the first album by the most enduring Little Feat line-up: Kenny Gradney replaced departed bassist Roy Estrada, and New Orleans musicians Sam Clayton and Paul Barrere rounded out the new group. This line-up went through periodic break-ups and reunions until the death of Lowell George in 1979. The great Neon Parks album paintings were anticipated almost as much as the next collection from Little Feat, the band with which his work became inextricably linked.
This album found them at a musical peak as a stellar 70s rock band who had oodles of swamp blues and funk, with a loose shambling style that spoke of confidence rather than sloppiness. Lowell George was singing better than ever on this collection, notably with the sublime "Roll Um Easy," where his voice was chillingly expressive. Bill Payne and Richie Haywood play their respective keyboard and drums with calm and precision. There are no weak tracks here, and this is another vital album, in keeping with all recordings that featured George.
Rolling Stone (4/12/73, p.58) - "..Little Feat never fail to turn the chances they've taken into smooth successes...audacious, ingenious.."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.106) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Lowell George's best songwriting and maturing leadership were at the heart of the album....Little Feat would never sound as good than they do here."
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