Eric Clapton and Van Halen covered his songs, and he led Jimmy Page's favorite American band: Watch overlooked guitar genius Lowell George demonstrate his slide technique on German TV

Lowell George plays slide guitar on the German TV show Rockpalast in 1977
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In a 1975 interview with Rolling Stone, Jimmy Page famously named Little Feat as his “favorite American group,“ while Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant – in the same interview – told a humorous anecdote about receiving complaints from fellow high-profile guests at the LA Plaza hotel for “playing Little Feat records too loud.“

The band's electric guitar player and leader, the late Lowell George, cast a shadow far greater than the commercial success he achieved would indicate. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.