Music/Lyrics: George, Kibbee
Vocals: Trey (lead); Page, Mike (backing)
Original Artist: Little Feat
Original Album: Dixie Chicken (1973)
Historian: Mockingbird Staff
The title track from Little Feat’s seminal 1973 album, was a crowd favorite when it was released, when Little Feat toured with it (as they did for the shows that produced the double-live Waiting for Columbus), and when Phish played it (covering that live release on 10/31/10).
Little Feat, ”Dixie Chicken” – 1977, London, England
The narrator had been hoodwinked into being the gentleman provider (the “Dixie chicken”) for a Southern belle. Initially a “Tennessee lamb,” she spent his money then ran away with a guitar player. When he goes to share his tale with a bartender – at the Commodore hotel, where he met her – he finds a room of past chickens who know the tune well enough to sing along.
Phish, ”Dixie Chicken” – 10/31/10, Atlantic City, NJ