Aston “Familyman” Barrett was Bob Marley’s bassist and musical director from 1970 until the death of the reggae icon in 1981. But don’t say that to widow Rita, who in court reduced Barrett to a mere backup session musician after “Fams” unsuccessfully sued for unpaid royalties. Rita did correctly admit that Barrett’s sound contributed to the Marley legacy. While former Wailers guitarists Junior Marvin and Al Anderson have been touring as “The Original Wailers” since 2008, Fams Barrett has a strong case for claiming his portion of the legacy pie. The ’74-’81 Wailers Band (as Marley’s backup band became known in 1974, after Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston left the group) included Barrett and his brother Carly (drums) as the rhythm section, and it was with the Barretts that Marley reached the sound that turned him into the greatest reggae star ever. The eight-piece band (only Barrett is an original Wailer) comes to San Antonio on the heels of the “Exodus Tour,” and months before the release of a new album of originals. A message for bassists who want to play reggae the right way: “Don’t understand, but overstand. If you ‘understand,’ you’re not going to get it,” Barrett told us on the phone, before leaving us another gem: “The older the moon, the brighter it shines.” Whatever. As part of the band’s “I Went Hungry” campaign, some proceeds go to the UN’s World Food Program. With The Supervillains, Sun Salutation, and Bandulus. $23 in advance, doors open at 8 p.m. Wed, Jan 6, Scout Bar, 19314 US Hwy 281 N. Suite 110, 1 (888) 512-SHOW.
— Enrique Lopetegui