12 May 2009

Little Feat | Oxford | 10 May 2009 – postcards from a gig

Filed under: available light, Little Feat, musicians, Oxford, Sony Ericsson K800i — Howard @ 12:00 am

Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere | Little FeatBill Payne | Little Feat | Oxford

Fred Tackett, Little feat

I’ve wanted to see Little Feat live for ages – ever since, in fact, the time they toured with the Doobie Brothers in the early 70s and blew them off stage at The Rainbow. That was about 35 years ago and this week the band turned up in Oxford as part of their 40th anniversary tour.

Little Feat Oxford set list

The gig was very good; consider the fact that these guys have been playing pretty much the same music for decades now and I’m surprised how fresh they are, how committed they appear to be the music. There was very little sense of parody or joke playing as they work through the most familiar tunes in their repertoire; sure, Willin’ was played for laughs, sing-a-long-a “weeds, whites and wine” style, but it was also the foundation for some great mandolin and acoustic guitar and lead into a fine rendition of The Weight. Similarly Fat Man in a Bath Tub lead to a relaxed version of the old Bob Marley hit, Get Up, Stand Up.

Little Feat ticket

The big thrills came when the Feat turned to their classic tunes, All That You Dream, Oh Atlanta, Fat Man, Dixie Chicken … all very solid.

Fred Tackett, Little Feat

The picture push my little K800i cameraphone to the limit, but it was a fun gig to catch.



  1. Like you waited a long time (although saw Barrere and Tackett in southport last year), completely different set the night before, not a song after 1978, real treat.
    Day or Night, Time Loves a Hero, Willin, 44 Blues, Tripe face boogie, Spanish Moon/Skin it Back, Day at the dog races, 6 feet of snow, Dixie Chicken, Feats don’t fail me now. Spoilt rotten I was.

    Comment by Tom — 12 May 2009 @ 12:37 am

  2. Thanks for sharing – until they mentioned it at the gig, I didn’t realise that Paul and Fred toured separately – that would be quite a treat, and something to look out for.

    Comment by Howard — 12 May 2009 @ 7:51 am

  3. I also saw the O2 Oxford gig. I had seen Feat opening their 1977? 78? headlining tour in Manchester and hadn’t seen them since. Yes, it was a good night but Feat have two fundamental problems:

    1 Most of the audience wanted to hear the old stuff, mostly the George songs. And how irritating must that be for the band to have an audience ignore everything they’ve written/recorded since George died?

    2 The tendency of the bass/drums/keyboards to drift off into improv/jamming which so irritated Lowell George is still there. And, let’s admit it, fine musicians though they are, they ain’t Weather Report. So the jamming/improv was fun for the band but did nothing for me.

    But other than that it was great to see them still at it.

    Comment by Robin Ramsay — 28 May 2009 @ 11:57 am

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