Kenny Gradney

They were a matchless combination of a great American songwriter and a great American rhythm section: Lowell George and Little Feat. When Kenny Gradney assumed the bass chair from ex-Mothers of Invention player Roy Estrada for Dixie Chicken (1973), this versatile LA based ensemble commenced a groundbreaking run of albums and tours which uninhibitedly fused rock ‘n’ roll, blues, New Orleans funk, gospel, soul, jazz ,and every variation thereof like no other band before – or since .

Gradney, who also waxed sides with Delaney & Bonnie, Warren Zevon, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Carly Simon, and Bob Weir, among others – boogied in-the-pocket with a pure Fender Precision tone that was occasionally enhanced with a subtle use of effects.

 

 

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