born on 4/8/1945 in Little Rock, AR, United States
Fred Tackett, (born August 30, 1945) an American native of Arkansas, is an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally a session player on guitar, mandolin, and trumpet, he is best known as a member of the band Little Feat.
In addition to his work with the Little Feat, Tackett has played and recorded with many notable artists. He has an additional side project with another member of Little Feat; he performs as part of a duo with Paul Barrere, as Paul and Fred.
Association with Little Feat
Tackett's association with Little Feat goes back to a friendship with the founder of the band, Lowell George at the time of its inception. Working as a session player for other musicians, he continued his friendship with the bandmates, and contributed a song Fool Yourself to their third album Dixie Chicken as well as acoustic guitar. He also contributed guitar to their sixth album Time Loves a Hero.
In 1979 he co-wrote songs with Lowell George for both George's first (and only) solo project Thanks, I'll Eat It Here, and Little Feat's album Down on the Farm. It was during work on the latter that the group's break-up was announced. Lowell George died shortly afterwards.
In 1983, he performed on the Antilles Records release Swingrass '83.
Joining Little Feat
In 1988 Little Feat reformed despite the absence of their former front man, and prolific singer, songwriter, and slide guitarist, Lowell George. The regrouped Little Feat included former members Paul Barrere, Richie Hayward, Bill Payne, Kenny Gradney, and Sam Clayton, with the addition of Tackett and Craig Fuller. All had been former members of Little Feat, except Tackett, who had previously made songwriting contributions and session work for the band. Fuller left in 1993, to be replaced by female vocalist Shaun Murphy who remained with the group, until 2009. Tackett has remained with Little Feat since the day he joined, and has become an integral member of the band.
Fred Tackett has played a pivotal role in Little Feat's music. In addition to his guitar work, he plays trumpet and mandolin and has co-written several of their songs, forging an active and regular writing partnership with Paul Barrere which has produced such songs as "Marginal Creatures" and "Night On The Town". The 2003 album Kickin' It at the Barn featured Tackett's debut as a lead vocalist on his own song "In A Town Like This" which was also the title track from his solo debut album released that year.
Paul and Fred
Tackett's writing partnership with Barrere has developed into a separate act where the two perform as a duo. This has produced two live albums and a DVD. A studio album is currently being prepared. They have also spent time between gigs when touring to perform in local radio stations, playing songs that do not require a lot of changing of instruments, to travel as lightly as possible.
As Little Feat session musician
- Dixie Chicken 1973
- Time Loves a Hero 1977
- Down on the Farm 1979
As Little Feat group member
- Let It Roll 1988
- Representing the Mambo 1990
- Shake Me Up 1991
- Ain't Had Enough Fun 1995
- Under the Radar 1998
- Chinese Work Songs 2000
- Kickin' It at the Barn 2003
- Rooster Rag 2012
Little Feat Live albums
- Live From Neon Park 1996
- Live at the Rams Head 2002
- Down Upon the Suwannee River 2003
- Highwire Act Live in St. Louis 2003 2004
- Barnstormin' Live 2005
- Rocky Mountain Jam 2007
Little Feat Live compilations
- Ripe Tomatos Volume One 2002
- Raw Tomatos Volume One 2002
Paul and Fred
- Live from North Cafe 2001
- Sights and Sounds DVD 2005
- Live in the UK 2008 2009
- In a Town Like This 2003
- Silver Strings 2010
- [Fred Tackett at All Music Guide Allmusic review]
- http://www.littlefeat.net/ Little Feat official
- Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
Fred Tackett ·Paul Barrere · Richie Hayward · Kenny Gradney · Bill Payne · Sam Clayton · Shaun Murphy
Lowell George · Roy Estrada · Craig Fuller
Little Feat ·Sailin' Shoes · Dixie Chicken · Feats Don't Fail Me Now · The Last Record Album · Time Loves a Hero · Down on the Farm · Let It Roll · Representing the Mambo · Shake Me Up · Ain't Had Enough Fun · Under the Radar · Chinese Work Songs · Kickin' It at the Barn
Waiting for Columbus ·Live from Neon Park · Extended Versions · Late Night Truck Stop · Live at the Rams Head · Down upon the Suwannee River · Highwire Act Live in St. Louis 2003 · Barnstormin' Live · Rocky Mountain Jam
Hoy-Hoy! ·As Time Goes By: The Very Best of Little Feat · Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years Of Little Feat · Ripe Tomatos · The Essentials · The Best of Little Feat
Rockpalast Live ·High Wire Act Live In St. Louis 2003 · Little Feat & Friends in Jamaica - Burgers & Paradise