Little Feat Guitarist Paul Barrere Dead at 71
Paul Barerre guitarist of Little Fest has passed away due to medical issues at 71. Barerre joined the southern rock group in 1972. The band has been on a 50th anniversary tour all year and made the decision to forego their fall leg due to the guitarists liver disease. Barrrere was a co-writer on songs such as “Time Loves A Hero,” “Old Folks Boogie” and much more. Little Feat made a statement regarding the Paul’s death below:
It is with great sorrow that Little Feat must announce the passing of our brother guitarist, Paul Barrere, this morning at UCLA Hospital. We ask for your kindest thoughts and best wishes to go out especially to his widow Pam and children Gabriel, Genevieve, and Gillian, and to all the fans who were his extended family.
Paul auditioned for Little Feat as a bassist when it was first being put together—in his words, “as a bassist I make an excellent guitarist”—and three years later joined the band in his proper role on guitar. Forty-seven years later, he was forced to miss the current tour, which will end tomorrow, due to side effects from his ongoing treatment for liver disease.
He promised to follow his doctor’s orders, get back in shape, and rock on the beach at the band’s annual gathering in Jamaica in January 2020. “Until then,” he wrote, “keep your sailin’ shoes close by…if I have my way, you’re going to need them!”
As the song he sang so many times put it, he was always “Willin’,” but it was not meant to be. Paul, sail on to the next place in your journey with our abiding love for a life always dedicated to the muse and the music. We are grateful for the time we have shared.
Yours in music,
Little Feat: Bill Payne, Sam Clayton, Fred Tackett, Kenny Gradney, and Gabe Ford.
Help celebrate the live of Paul Barerre by listening to Little Feat’s “Time Loves A Hero” below: