Easily one of the hardest working bands in show biz, today’s Little Feat is a seven-member powerhouse that ably carries on the group’s tradition in both the recording and touring arenas. In fact, they have a brand new studio album—their first since 2000’s Chinese Work Songs—titled Kickin’ It At The Barn, produced by Feat-ers Paul Barrere, Bill Payne and Fred Tackett. It’s named after the place it was recorded throughout 2003, Tackett’s barn-come-studio in Topanga Canyon, which Bill Payne has called ”Little Feat’s version of The Band’s ‘Big Pink’,“ and which lent an invaluable ambience to Feat’s latest undertaking. In his liner notes, faithful Feat scribe Paul Barrere writes, ”If music is a conversation between the players, then we are talking like never before…this has been truly one of the most memorable recording projects we’ve done. We started with an idea to write songs on acoustic guitar and piano, like the old days before computers and samples, and then let the band interpret the music.“ The result is a spirited collection of eleven-songs, comprised of both acoustic and plugged-in numbers that finds Feat in absolutely top form, weaving magic once again with their inimitable sound. Stand-out tracks include Bill Payne’s epic and beautiful Tex-Mex inspired opus ”Corazones y Sombras“ (hearts and shadows), which was co-written in Texas with Stephen Bruton and features a stellar guest line-up of Mexican players. The sublime musical journey continues with ”Bills River Blues,“ which Barrere and Payne co-write, ”In A Town Like This,“ the title track from Fred Tackett’s last solo album, now amp-ed up and fleshed out by the full band, and the Shaun Murphy-penned groove ”I’d Be Lyin’.“ And, that’s just to mention a few, of course. Truth is, there really is no story’s end yet, and Little Feat have indeed led a storied life ever since they formed in 1969. From then on, their 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.