December 22, 2013 – 4:40 am

PAUL BARRERE R.I.P. 1948 - 2019

Little Feat guitarist Paul Barerre has died on October 26, 2019 due to complications from medical issues. He was 71. Barrere’s Little Feat band mates confirmed the news in a statement posted on the group’s website. Paul joined the legendary rock band in 1972, three years after he failed an audition to become Little Feat’s founding bassist. He was a member ever since and either wrote or co-wrote such beloved compositions as “All That You Dream,” “Old Folks Boogie,” “Time Loves A Hero” and “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now.” Earlier this month, Barrere wrote a note to fans explaining his decision to forego the band’s fall leg of their 50th Anniversary Tour - which concludes with shows on Saturday in Huntington, New York and Sunday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - due to complications from liver disease.

Paul Barrere was born in Burbank, California on July 3, 1948. The guitarist attended high school with Lowell George, a musician who would soon go on to perform with Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention. George left Zappa’s employ to form his own group in 1969 with keyboardist Bill Payne, another Mother, Roy Estrada and drummer Richie Hayward, who was a member of Lowell’s past band, The Factory. The band known as Little Feat, purportedly named for a comment Mothers Of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black made of George’s “little feet” put out an eponymous album in 1971 and followed with Sailin’ Shoes.

The band blew up before entering the studio for their third album and out of the ashes a new Little Feat lineup formed. George, Payne and Hayward recruited Lowell’s old pal Paul Barrere as a second guitarist, swapped in Kenny Gradney for Estrada and added percussionist Sam Clayton. Little Feat changed not just their lineup but their music as well thanks in big part to Barrere’s contributions and the sextet remained intact through mere weeks before George’s tragic death in 1979.

“Sooner or later, every committed rock ‘n’ roller finds his or her way to Little Feat, which has been described as everything from ‘bluesadelic’ to ‘funky Americana,’ and all of which really means an eclectic bunch of styles that long ago melded together in a bluesy, boogieing, baked-smile stew. Their influence is wide - not least on Phish, moe. and many other stalwarts of the jam scene.”

The above was written by JamBase contributing writer Chad Berndtson in the intro for what turned out to be one of Paul Barrere’s last interviews. Little Feat are a musician’s band that has counted Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, Jimmy Page (“my favorite American group,” he told Rolling Stone in 1973) and The Rolling Stones as fans. -

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Upper Darby, PA 1989 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA (late show); December 22, 1989 (also circulated wrongly as December 20). Very good to excellent soundboard.

When Lowell George died in 1979, for many it also marked the end of Little Feat as the group disbanded in 1979. Well, the spirit of George Lowell lived on; the group reformed in 1987 and their then new album, Let It Roll, released in 1988, was one of their most successful. For those who can recall, the album’s guest artistes included Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Bob Seger.

As for this 1989 gig, let it not be said that Little Feat did not know how to celebrate Christmas…

Thanks to featseeker for sharing the tracks at Dime; and to Little Feat Archivist Chris Cafiero for the transfer and edit.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Fat Man In The Bathtub 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 102. All That You Dream 5:41 (9.6MB)
Track 103. One Clear Moment 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 104. Rocket In My Pocket 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 105. Changin’ Luck 7:40 (12.9MB)
Track 106. Cajun Girl 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 107. Rad Gumbo 3:39 (6.1MB)
Track 108. Hate To Lose Your Lovin’ 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 109. Oh Atlanta 4:47 (8.1MB)
Track 110. Texas Twister 5:16 (8.9MB)
Track 111. Down On The Farm 7:11 (12.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Willin’ 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 202. Rock and Roll Doctor 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 203. Cold Cold Cold 4:33 (7.7MB)
Track 204. Band Intros 1:46 (3.0MB)
Track 205. Old Folks Boogie 7:01 (11.8MB)
Track 206. Let It Roll 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 207. Dixie Chicken 13:31 (22.7MB)
Track 208. Tripe Face Boogie 8:39 (14.5MB)
Track 209. Feats Don’t Fail Me Now 5:07 (8.6MB)
Track 210. Merry Christmas Baby 5:16 (8.9MB)
1 hour 58 mins

Paul Barrere - guitar, vocals
Fred Tackett - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Craig Fuller - guitar, vocals
Kenny Gradney - bass
Bill Payne - keyboard, vocals
Richie Hayward - drums, vocals
Sam Clayton - percussion, vocals

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  1. 21 Responses to “LITTLE FEAT - UPPER DARBY, PA 1989 [PAUL BARRERE R.I.P. 1948 - 2019]”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    Happy Holidays

    By NAMoosedog on Dec 22, 2013

  3. One of my favorite bands. Thank you.

    By Chin Ho on Dec 22, 2013

  4. How di i download and save? Links will.only open in a player.

    By Bruce S on Dec 22, 2013

  5. Bruce S, right click on the link for the song, then choose “save as….” and it will download the song file. Enjoy!

    By rebecca on Dec 22, 2013

  6. One of the great comebacks in R’n'R history IMHO. Got to know the guys through a mutual friend around the time of this tour (27 shows and counting now, starting in 1974) and found a kindred soul in Richie Hayward. I am thinking about him today while listening to this show. America’s Best Rock’n'Roll Band lives on! Feats Don’t Ever Fail Me.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 23, 2013

  7. Little Feat is by far the greatest rock & roll band ever! Thanks so much for posting this gem.

    By Harry in Virginia on Dec 23, 2013

  8. Trying to download and save on my phone so i have the great music with me all the ‘puter is a piece of caca…

    By Bruce S on Dec 23, 2013

  9. Little Feat are true greats, thanks for posting BigO. RIP Lowell George and Richie Hayward.

    By JB on Dec 23, 2013

  10. WOW..What a marvelous Christmas gift!!!!! I love this album and now I can add it to my collection. You guy’s have always been a favorite of mine since I was 21 and that’s 35 years ago. Still love the music. Missing the one’s that have passed. Blessing the one’s still here to carry on. When you get a chance……would LOVE to see you in Jannus Landing. I miss the tour bus. ROFLMAO HOY HOY HOY!!!! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

    By Dale C. Boardman Sr. on Dec 23, 2013

  11. I haven’t listened yet, but Fred Tackett usually threw in some trumpet during Dixie Chicken as well.

    By drkrick on Dec 25, 2013

  12. Decently recorded and then encoded to lossless FLAC…
    I know you’re not supposed to look a given horse in the mouth, but
    MP3 SUCKS.

    By Piet Paaltjes on Dec 26, 2014

  13. What a fantastic recording, it’s a shame it’s only available to download on to MP3. I & probably several others don’t an MP3 player & would much prefer to be able to download it & burn to CD. I understand the complications that might occur by doing this but please spare a thought about us who don’t own an MP3. I agree you, Piet Paaltjes.

    By Dave Jones on Dec 27, 2014

  14. @Dave Jones - it’s a simple matter to download MP3s to a computer and then burn them to a CD. Windows Media Player, Media Monkey, and a host of other programs will do the job.

    By MrBill on Dec 27, 2014

  15. u can find this show on at -

    and u can dl it in flac. now quitcherbitchin.

    By darth on Dec 27, 2014

  16. Thank you Mr Bill, I’ll give it a try!!

    By Dave Jones on Dec 27, 2014

  17. MrBill, just to say thanks for your advice, it sounds great on my stereo system!!

    By Dave Jones on Dec 28, 2014

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  19. Rumor has it Lowell had a lil Un

    By U L E on Nov 2, 2019

  20. Thank you thank you for great article and really good quality recordings. Will check out the interviews. It was a priviledge to see Little Feat over the years Remember seeing them in London when Lowell was in the band and at the end a member of the audience jumped up.and joined them on stage. Years later I discovered it was Mitch Mitchell! Saw them at Cropredy and had a dep drummer as poor ol’ Ritchie Hayward had just passed away. Then saw them twice at O2. RIP Paul

    By John Edwards on Nov 2, 2019

  21. Great version of “Willin’.”

    By Kurt on Nov 5, 2019

  22. Thank you again for more wonderful music!

    By Frank on Nov 5, 2019

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