Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett play "Sailin' Shoes"

Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett played an acoustic set last night at Lucky Strike Lanes in downtown Los Angeles to benefit the Bogart Foundation’s Cancer Research Program. The two veterans were there to honor Little Feat’s late drummer, Richie Hayward, who succumbed to cancer last year. Though attendance was light, the event was well-organized, and a great chance to see the musicians in an intimate setting.
Barrere, whose tenure with Little Feat began with 1973’s “Dixie Chicken,” played acoustic slide throughout the performance and shared vocal duties. Tackett who did session work with the band as early as 1973, and joined the band as a full-time member on “Let It Roll” in 1988, played acoustic guitar and mandolin. The duo had obvious chemistry as they worked through a 45-minute set of Little Feat classics (including “Willin'” and “Sailin’ Shoes”), as well a some lesser-known numbers. Country singer Nick Nicholson joined them for the last few songs, contributing vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar.
While this version of the band isn’t the same raw, bluesy combo that recorded a host of great records for Warner Brothers in the 1970s, it’s clear that their maturity has allowed them to feel comfortable exploring stripped-down arrangements of their hits. This was a first-rate set by guys who have been doing it for years, and are now doing it for a great cause.

Nick Nicholson, Paul Barrere, and Fred Tackett play "Willin'"