Little Feat : Rooster Rag

Written by Nick Hutchinson

September 1, 2012

The music of Little Feat is permanently lodged in the brains of legions of roots rock fans. The fact that the group had soldiered on for several decades, despite the 1979 loss of its much-adored frontman Lowell George, is a testament to the power of the original spark of the ensemble and the dedication of its surviving members (as well as its new personnel).

With Lowell long gone and many years passed (this is the band’s 16th studio release and first since 2003), one might wonder – can the band still bring it?

Rooster Rag provides an answer to that question. The answer is a resounding yes, this band can still get down. From the album-opening  cover of the Mississippi John Hurt classic “Candyman Blues,” to the catchy, bluesy rock ode to vintage cars and cruising, “Rag Top Down” co-written by Robert Hunter, to the mellow jam of “Tattooed Girl,” Rag finds the group tapping into its roots and sounding as strong as ever.

All in all, the Little Feat groove abides and the same blend of influences that initially fired the stew keeps this musical gumbo sizzling.

Rooster Rag is out now on Rounder Records.