Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Live at The Egg, Albany, NY

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett
Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett

With over four decades under their belt, Little Feat retains a lofty standing in the echelons of rock. With the passing of founder Lowell George and drummer Richie Hayward, its existing members have found that the best way to deal with tragedy is to evolve, as is the case with guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, who often perform together.

Both are masters of their respective fret boards and this intimate, acoustic setting gave them a chance to shine. Opening with “Ain’t Had Enough Fun,” Barrere’s expressive slide work was perfectly complimented by Tackett’s rhythms and superlative finger picking. Notching it up on “Cajun Rage” and Little Richard’s “Rip It Up,” they traded licks, creating a technically impressive, soulful banter which evoked shouts of approval from the audience. Theirs is a special kind of musical telepathy: derived from the melody, lyrics, and jamming in the unique styles of Americana they themselves have pioneered.

Outstanding takes of “Willin’,” “Don’t Bogart That Joint” (dedicated to Hayward), and a spirited rendition of The Band’s “The Weight” really knocked it out of the ballpark. When Lowell George’s son, Luke, was called onstage to sing on classics “Roll Um Easy” and “Dixie Chicken,” the room exploded. An encore of “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” and the poignant “We Bid You Goodnight” reminded everyone that in these capable hands, Little Feat’s legacy is very much alive.

Bob Girouard

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