Lowell Thomas George (1945 - 1979) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who was the main guitarist and songwriter for the rock band Little Feat.
1979 - Thanks I'll Eat It Here
Few musicians mirror Los Angeles's tradition of rock chameleons better than Lowell George, son of a Hollywood furrier and the brilliant, short-lived auteur that shaped Little Feat's '70s sound and fury before retreating to allow a more democratic if less gripping chemistry to surface. George's hearty but lyrical, blues-rimmed voice, signature electric slide guitar, and infectious, often surreal songs defined the band--as did his production on their pivotal mid-decade albums, which convinced more than a few listeners that they were Southerners. His 1979 solo album, recorded shortly before his untimely death, mixed new originals ("Honest Man," "Cheek to Cheek," "Himmler's Ring," and the touching "20 Million Things" among them) with smart R&B covers from Allen Toussaint ("What Do You Want the Girl to Do") and Ann Peebles ("I Can't Stand the Rain"), dressed in tight brass choruses and sleek backing choruses, and fit snugly with the Feat canon. - amazon.com
TRACKS: 01. What Do You Want The Girl To Do 02. Honest Man 03. Two Trains 04. I Can’t Stand The Rain 05. Cheek To Cheek 06. Easy Money 07. 20 Million Things 08. Find A River 09. Himmler’s Ring 10. Heartache
1998 - Rock And Roll Doctor: A Tribute To Lowell George
As the guitarist, vocalist and primary songwriter for Little Feat, Lowell George was one of the biggest cult heroes of the '70s, creating a body of work that was deeply set within the blues tradition yet fiercely idiosyncratic and weird. It was the kind of music that earns a large cult following, but doesn't guarantee good covers, since its very quirkiness is among its most appealing traits. Basically, it's a question of matching the right artist with the right song, something that happens about half of the time on Rock N Roll Doctor (A Tribute to Lowell George). By the time the tribute record was released in 1998, his "Willin'" had long been established as a classic, the kind of song that could be covered by anyone -- along with "Dixie Chicken," it's one of the rare universal songs in George's catalog -- but Rock N Roll Doctor doesn't include either of those songs, or "Fat Man in the Bathtub." Instead, its 13 tracks are all relatively obscure, known to hardcore fans but not casual listeners, and this album is a record made by hardcore fans for hardcore fans. That doesn't mean it's necessarily all successful. Eddie Money wasn't really meant to sing the title track, and a couple of cuts, ironically including Little Feat's reworking of "Honest Man," are a bit too reverant to his memory (the group erases that negative with a storming "Cold, Cold, Cold," performed as a duet with Bonnie Raitt). But the best songs -- the Bottle Rockets and David Lindley's "Rocket in My Pocket," Jackson Browne's "I've Been the One," Taj Mahal's "Feats Don't Fail Me Now," J.D. Souther's "Roll Um Easy," Allen Toussaint & Leo Nocentelli's "Tow Trains" and especially Randy Newman & Valerie Carter's "Sailing Shoes" -- demonstrate that George's songs can live on, provided that the artists perform them with as much imagination as he wrote them with. ~ All Music Guide
TRACKS: 01. Cold, Cold, Cold - Bonnie Raitt and Little Feat 02. Feets Don't Fail Me Now - Taj Mahal 03. Roll Um Easy - J.D. Souther 04. Rocket In My Pocket - The Bottle Rockets and David Lindley 05. Sailin' Shoes - Randy Newman and Valerie Carter 06. I've Been The One - Jackson Browne 07. Two Trains - Allen Toussaint/Leo Nocentelli 08. Long Distance Love - Keisuke Kuwata/Merry Clayton 09. Rock And Roll Doctor - Eddie Money & Buddaheads 10. Straight From The Heart - Chris Hillman & Jennifer Warnes 11. Honest Man - Little Feat 12. Spanish Moon - Phil Perry, Merry Clayton & Ricky Lawson 13. Trouble - Inara George 14. Lowell's Voice - Lowell George
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