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: 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.
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 notably with Jimmy Webb, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, just to name a few.
Together they have been working as an acoustic duo since 1999, when little feat had down time. This is where the Funky Feat started when they decided to add Feat friends Kenny Gradney and Gabe Ford. Kenny of course shares the same pedigree as Paul with 47 years of playing together in Little Feat, as well as working on other recording projects with the likes of Chico Hamilton, Bob Weir, and lately with Paul Brown. And Gabe Ford was asked to join up with Little Feat when Ritchie Hayward passed away. Gabe fit the bill nicely having teched for Ritchie for many years. His family are all musicians really, his uncle Robben Ford has used him on numerous tours.
Now they crank it up a notch going from all acoustic to electric and acoustic !!!
The four players make up Funky Feat, and everything they do gonna be funky!