Little Feat & Leon Russell
November 7, 2012
Since their formation in 1969, Little Feat’s unconventional signature of earthy, organic appeal and polished, first-rate musicianship wrapped around eclectic and memorable songs--clearly delivered as an authentic labor of love--has been a lasting fixture on the musical landscape. As American as apple pie--and rock ‘n roll itself--Feat’s music transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie. In the mix as well are strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz, inventing a hybrid sound that is truly Little Feat’s own. That story is about to add a major new chapter – the 2008 release of Join the Band, a very special project in Feat’s history which features major Little Feat hit songs as played by a band that included Feat and some very special friends. When you have friends like Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger, Bela Fleck, Brooks and Dunn, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Vince Gill, Mike Gordon (Phish), and Inara George (band founder Lowell’s daughter) – you have musical treasure in your hands.
Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock 'n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music. As a session musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader, and touring musician, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists/groups, including Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, J.J. Cale, B.B. King, Freddie King, Barbra Streisand, Ike & Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and on and on and on. Leon continues to write songs, record, and thrill audiences on his non-stop tour across the U.S. Current members of Leon's band include: Jackie Wessel, Bass; Chris Simmons, Guitar; Beau Charron, Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar, and Mandolin; and Brandon Holder, Drums.