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In the meantime please enjoy this great interview of Paul and Fred
by the good folks at. Epiphone.com
Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat
by: Don Mitchell
When you talk about legendary rock bands, the conversation can't go on for very long before someone drops the name Little Feat. With an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz influences, the band has been making music for more than 40 years now and has developed a loyal following that many top acts today aspire to. On Sunday, July 24, 2011 Little Feat brought their 2011 tour to Nashville, Tennessee where I caught up with co-guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett in the green room at the Limelight just before their sold-out show.
Itís been about a year since I last interviewed you for Epiphone.com so first of all let me say that it's great to see you guys again and thank you for the years of supporting Epiphone.
PAUL: It's our pleasure. I've been really happy with my Epiphone EJ-200CE. It just sounds good and plays good.
FRED: You also played the Excellente in the Stonehenge video.
PAUL: Yes... that was interesting.
I love that video. How did you pull that off?
PAUL: It was pretty funny. We just walked in and security asked me why we were carrying guitars. When I told him we were making a video he kind of looked at me funny and mumbled something about "nothing commercial." (laughs)
That is funny. To me, that video really captures the essence of who you guys are and Fred, I know the Epiphone MM-50 mandolin you play in that clip has been a favorite of yours over the years. Will you have it on stage tonight?
FRED: Yes. I always have it with me.
You also have some Epiphone acoustics as well?
FRED: Besides the Excellente, I also have a Masterbilt EF-500RCCE that I really like.
Speaking of the Stonehenge video, I know that the band is out right now but are there plans to go out as just a duo again anytime soon?
FRED: Yes. We will finish this part of the Little Feat tour in August and then do some Paul & Fred acoustic duo dates after that.
And then of course you have the Jamaica Feat Fan Excursion coming up in January.
PAUL: This will be our 10th year in Jamaica and it keeps getting better. This year we'll be joined by Craig Fuller, Rodney Crowell, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Sam Bush.
It sounds like a great time. How can people find out more about joining you guys for that?
FRED: All the details are at www.littlefeat.net.
You guys are with each other a lot! Do you live close to each other as well?
FRED: Paul lives about 30 minutes away from my wife and I.
So it must be pretty easy to collaborate on new songs since you are so close.
PAUL: Usually, by the time we get home from a tour we are ready to be done with music for a while, so sometimes it's hard to find time to write.
FRED: Plus, when we are home, it's the only time we have with family. I have a granddaughter now that I want to spend as much time with as I can. So that takes a lot of my personal time.
What about on the bus?
PAUL: I ride the bus on the road and Fred and his wife usually drive their car. Since the bus typically drives through the night, we are kind of on different schedules. I finish a show, get on the bus and ride to the next city. Fred finishes a show and goes to a hotel to sleep, then gets up and drives the next day to the next city.
FRED: But we find ways. In fact, we are working on a new Paul & Fred project now. A new Little Feat project is in the works, too.
I know your fans will be glad to hear that! One last thing before you go. I know that Epiphone is working with you guys on a new charitable cause.
PAUL: Yes. Epiphone donated a guitar that we have signed and will be auctioned through Habitat for Humanity to benefit tornado victims in the mid-south.
I'm always hearing about how you are involved in projects to help people in need out. Like the work you do with the West Haven Children's Home for the Disabled. It's nice to know you are involved in these things.
PAUL: It's something we can do to help. When you see what those people have gone through you want to help.
Well, thank you so much for chatting with me. I know you need to go get ready for tonight's show, but again I just want to say that we are very happy to have you guys in the Epi family!
FRED: Thank you!