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Fred Tackett: In A Town Like This

C. Michael Bailey By

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Fred Tackett: In A Town Like This Little Feat guitarist Fred Tackett hails from Arkansas. That fact is written in every word he sings and plays on his solo release, In A Town Like This. In a musical coleslaw that combines equal parts blues, country, hillbilly, eastern, and western music, Mr. Tackett paints his soundscape with broad autumnal strokes that recalls Arkansas in August. The title cut begins with a Middle Eastern sound that disappears into a shuffling blues mirage. Accompanied by double bassist Domenic Genova and cellist Miles Tackett, the song immediately suggests an Ozark Bob Dylan singing a Robbie Robertson song.



The disc is populated with low-key songs replete with impressive guitar, mandolin, and bass playing. The lyrics are almost mystical, ranging from cautious anxiety ("A Blinding Faith") to lament ("Had We Known Better" sung with Lowell George's Daughter, Inara George). Mr. Tackett reprises "Honest Man" which he co- wrote with Lowell George to great effect. Listening to "Honest Man" one can hear exactly what contribution Tackett makes to the current Little Feat.



This is humid, dusty music, like that imagined as the soundtrack to a merciless Southern summer with no rain, just the promise of some.



For more information, see Little Feat, Hot Tomato and Fred Tackett .


Track Listing: In a Town Like This; A Blinding Faith; Gold Tooth Woman; Dance for Patricia; Domenic's Interlude; A Church Falling Down; Had We Known Better; Honest Man; Find A River.

Personnel: Fred Tackett: vocals, guitar, mandolin; Miles Tackett: cello, bass, producer; Domenic Genova: bass; Inara George: vocals.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Hot Tomato | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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