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CLASSIC 70s RETROSPECTIVE
February 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jonathan Edwards with Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.
An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.'”
The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.
PAUL BARRERE & FRED TACKETT
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: Chicken Legs, the Blues Busters (featuring Catfish Hodge), Valerie Carter, Chico Hamilton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer, and Carly Simon.
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.