Paul Barrére

Live From North Cafe

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Like Lou Reed on Perfect Night Live in London, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of the venerable Southern-fried institution of Little Feat use crisply mixed acoustic instruments to reinvent their distinct blues-rock shuffles. The blend of Barrere's acoustic guitar and Tackett's mandolin is a fine, clean one. Barrere's slide work is quite enjoyable as well. While covering mostly Barrere's original material, the duo also dips into the catalog of Little Feat's founder, the late Lowell George, including a magnificently gentle reading of the classic "Willin'" and a ten-minute run-through of "Dixie Chicken" that could have used a little trimming. Barrere occasionally pushes his voice to a soulful crooning that doesn't quite make it. Mostly, the music is enjoyable, though not overly compelling.

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