Paul Barrere

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Paul Barrere
Barrere with Little Feat, 2009
Barrere with Little Feat, 2009
Background information
Born(1948-07-03)July 3, 1948
Burbank, California, U.S.
DiedOctober 26, 2019(2019-10-26) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresRock, swamp rock, blues rock, Southern Rock, funk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1972–2019

Paul Barrere (July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019) was an American musician most prominent as a member of the band Little Feat, which he joined in 1972 some three years after the band was created by Lowell George.[1]


Barrere with Little Feat in Buffalo, New York, 1977

Barrere recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Chicken Legs, Blues Busters, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Eikichi Yazawa, and Carly Simon.[2] He can be seen in the 1979 Nicolette Larson Warner Brothers promotional video of "Lotta Love".[citation needed]

Barrere's best known contributions to Little Feat as a songwriter include "Skin It Back", and "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" from the album Feats Don't Fail Me Now,[citation needed] "All That You Dream" from The Last Record Album, "Time Loves a Hero" from Time Loves a Hero, and "Down on the Farm" from Down on the Farm.[citation needed]

Barrere was a swing man as a guitarist who played a wide variety of styles of music including blues, rock, jazz, and cajun music and was proficient as a slide guitarist.[citation needed]

Barrere also recorded and toured as an acoustic duo with fellow Little Feat member Fred Tackett.[3]

Barrere played several concerts with Phil Lesh and Friends in October 1999 and from March to June 2000. He also toured with Bob Dylan, and had most recently been writing and recording with Roger Cole.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Born on July 3, 1948 in Burbank, California,[5] he was the son of the Hollywood actors Paul Bryar and Claudia Bryar.[6] Barrere contracted Hepatitis C in 1994, but had managed to keep it under control.[7] In 2015, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.[8]

Paul Barrere died on October 26, 2019 at the age of 71 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.[9]



  • 1983 On My Own Two Feet (Mirage)
  • 1984 Real Lies (Atlantic)
  • 1995 If the Phone Don't Ring (Zoo)


  • 1981 This Time (Landslide)
  • 1984 Merry Christmas (Tower)
  • 1986 Accept No Substitutes (Landslide)

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett[edit]

  • 2001 Live from North Cafe (Relix)
  • 2009 Live in the UK 2008 (Stonehenge)



  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Paul Barrére". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  2. ^ Yasharoff, Hannah (October 28, 2019). "Little Feat Guitarist Singer Paul Barrere dies at 71: 'Celebrate his life and music always'". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 28, 2019 – via Yahoo.
  3. ^ "Paul and Fred Acoustic Duo". Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  4. ^ Sutton, Larson (December 23, 2016). "Paul Barrere: Still Lost in the Sound".
  5. ^ Keepnews, Peter (2019-10-28). "Paul Barrere, Longtime Member of the Band Little Feat, Dies at 71". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Kubernik, Harvey; Calamar, Scott (August 13, 2009). Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. p. 266. ISBN 9781402765896 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Sutton, Larson (March 19, 2014). "Paul Barrere Talks Feat, Fred, Phil and Phish".
  8. ^ Smith, Troy L. (May 7, 2017). "Little Feat's Paul Barrere refuses to let cancer slow him down". The Plain Dealer.
  9. ^ "Paul Barrere July 3 1948 - October 26, 2019". BAMP Official Website.

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