Paul Barrere from Small Feat passed away this morning as confirmed by his bandmates in an announcement earlier this evening.

Scroll down to see the official letter from the band. It was re-printed from their web-site word for word.

It is with good sorrow that Small Feat need to announce the passing of our brother guitarist, Paul Barrere, this morning at UCLA Hospital. We ask for your kindest thoughts and finest wishes to go out in particular to his widow Pam and kids Gabriel, Genevieve, and Gillian, and to all the fans who have been his extended household.

Paul auditioned for Small Feat as a bassist when it was very first getting place together—in his words, “as a bassist I make an fantastic guitarist”—and 3 years later joined the band in his right part on guitar. Forty-seven years later, he was forced to miss the existing tour, which will finish tomorrow, due to side effects from his ongoing remedy for liver illness.

He promised to comply with 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’ footwear close by…if I have my way, you are going to will need them!”

As the song he sang so a lot of instances place it, he was normally “Willin’,” but it was not meant to be. Paul, sail on to the subsequent spot in your journey with our abiding appreciate for a life normally committed to the muse and the music. We are grateful for the time we have shared.

Yours in music,

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The news came unexpectedly as he was in good spirits when he alerted fans that he necessary to fine-tune his remedy for liver illness at residence, at the behest of his medical doctors, and it seemed like he was prepared to get properly and continue on with the 50th Anniversary of the legendary band he helped shape the sound for.

This was the letter that was published early October signaling that he would be out but clearly on the mend.

Dear Good friends,

As a lot of of you know, for the previous quite a few years I have been dealing with liver illness. When we completed the second leg of our 50th Anniversary Tour, I was starting to create some edema, which has been producing some points a small far more tough. It has been a bit of a roller coaster as I go via the therapies my health-related group has prescribed, and I have had very good days and not so very good days. Lately, the not so very good days have been far more prevalent. I have met with my group at UCLA and they have told me that what I am experiencing is prevalent and treatable. On the other hand, the timing is not excellent, as they have directed me to keep residence in October even though they fine-tune the remedy in order to get me back to exactly where the very good days are the norm.

Needless to say I am beyond disappointed as I was truly seeking forward to the shows in October. This entire year has been a musical dream come correct and none of it would have been feasible if not for the enduring help of all of you, the Feat Fans!

Luckily, the shows will go on. I have no doubt the band is going to rise to the occasion. As a band, for more than 50 years we have normally had every single other’s backs and I know they will continue to place on the finest feasible show every single and every single evening. That is the way we roll. I am also pretty appreciative that Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams (from October 7 to 24), and Scott Sharrard (October 26 and 27) are in a position to fill in for me. I cannot believe of any musicians much better suited to take on the guitar seat than Larry and Scott. Most of you know Larry, and you may well have heard Scott even though he was with Greg Allman’s band. He is one particular hell of a slide player for certain. Collectively with the band, they will take the music to some good locations.

My program is to comply with my doctor’s orders and sit tight, but I have every single intention of having back to Jamaica in January and rock’n on the beach with all of you. Till then, maintain your sailin’ footwear close by… If I have my way, you are going to will need them!

Incredibly finest wishes, Paul

Super sad news. 😢💔

Amazingly grateful that we have been in a position to photograph their current run via the West Coast on their 50th Anniversary tour.

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