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 also waxed sides with Delaney & Bonnie, Warren Zevon, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Carly Simon, and Bob Weir, among others.
His greatest performance on record, to my ears, can be found on one of the greatest concert slabs ever committed to tape – Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus (1978). Kenny’s weapon of choice on that slab, and many of the band’s early releases was the Fender Precision, however he also used Gibson and Kubeki instruments over the years.