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Of course Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett sound a lot like Little Feat

August 14, 2014

By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register, Conn.



Aug. 14--FAIRFIELD -- Let's face it, in a year when the full band isn't touring, there's just not nearly enough Little Feat in our lives.

So we need to get our fix of the spicy musical stew that Little Feat has kept simmering for more than four decades however and wherever we can.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that co-founder and keyboard player Bill Payne turned up at Gathering of the Vibes, playing with Leftover Salmon, with which he's touring.

Now it's time for the wonderful touring acoustic mini-Feat Fest that brings us up close and personal with guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, who sound an awful lot like Little Feat, of which they are both integral parts; only quieter and with more mandolin.

Barrere and Tackett will play at Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne on Saturday night. Tickets are $42 ($5 less for FTC members) and are available in advance at www.fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036. Showtime is 7:45 p.m.

I can tell you from first-hand experience, having see them last year at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, that Barrere, Little Feat's primary voice for most of the many years since the passing of Lowell George in 1979, and Tackett put on an awesome show.

They dish up Feat hit after hit and offer some musical surprises along the way.

Having Barrere out on the road even for a short hop is an unexpected bonus. He had announced late in 2012 that he was taking an entire year off of touring with Little Feat in order to devote full attention to aggressively treating a case of hepatitis C that had afflicted him since 1994. The band has yet to come back out full time since then.

Tackett and Barrere first played together on the Little Feat album "Dixie Chicken" in 1973, back when Barrere first joined the band and well before Tackett joined in 1987.

Since then, they've played together for hundreds of shows and traveled together for hundreds of thousands of miles.

Barrere plays guitar and slide guitar and sings lead and background vocals, while Fred Tackett plays guitar, trumpet, and mandolin.

Little Feat has been one of the funkiest things on the charts seemingly forever -- since 1969, when the late Lowell George, then a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, met keyboard player Payne and formed a band.

While Little Feat has gone through a number of personnel changes over the years, it has remained a remarkably stable constant on the roots rock touring scene, with only the Allman Brothers Band and the various offshoots and permutations of The Dead around for longer.

Call Mark Zaretsky at 203-789-5722.

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