Fred Tackett plays guitar, trumpet, and mandolin for Little Feat. Hailing from Arkansas, Fred Tackett worked as a side man on many Little Feat albums before becoming a full member of the band for Let It Roll. Along with his fine guitar work, Fred's mandolin and trumpet have become a featured part of the Little Feat sound. Robert Palmer writes about Fred Tackett's early years in Rock and Roll: An Unruly History.
In addition to his work with the Feat, Fred has a very large discography of work with other artists.
Paul & Fred articles and interviews:
The Washington Examiner Article
IAmNotJerry Interview with Fred
Penn State Collegian show review
JamBand.com Interview with Fred
Paul & Fred Interview with PhilZone.com
German RockTimes article about the 11/29/09 show
The ToneQuest Report Paul Barrère story/interview
BBC Radio Interview with Paul & Fred
Digital Interviews - Paul Barrère Interview
Live Sound Tips From Paul Barrère
In A Town Like This - Fred Tackett
Honest Tunes - Fred Tackett Acoustic Performance & Interview
Paul Barrère plays guitar and slide guitar, and sings lead and background vocals for Little Feat. Paul Barrère joined Little Feat for the band's third album Dixie Chicken, and has been with the band since. During Little Feat's early 80's hiatus, Paul led the group Chicken Legs. Since Little Feat's return with "Let it Roll", Paul has stepped more into the spotlight. Paul's guitar, vocals, and songwriting are now an important part of the Little Feat sound.
In addition to his work with Little Feat, Paul Barrère has also recorded and performed with many other fine musicians including: Chicken Legs, the Blues Busters (featuring Catfish Hodge), Valerie Carter, Chico Hamilton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer, and Carly Simon.
Paul has a solo album out on Zoo Entertainment called If the Phone Don't Ring . This is a compilation of material from Paul's On My Own Two Feat and Real Lies albums.
From "The 941"
Blog of the Suncoast:
October 19, 2009
When did you first realize that you loved the blues?
Paul Barrère, Little Feat: ”I was 12 years old and listening to Jimmy Reed. His music was instrumental in my choice of playing the guitar. From his music I reached out into the blues genre.“
Which blues artists have the biggest influence on your music?
Barrère: ”John Lee Hooker was the main one at first. Then I found Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and finally B.B. King and Albert King.“
What is the blues to you?
Barrère: ”It’s the roots of rock and roll and the basis for my earliest playing style. It was when I joined Little Feat that I really expanded my playing style to encompass jazz, country and pop.“