About nofightin.com

The Red Devils are a woefully unknown, now-defunct blues band from California.

This blog aims to change that.

Welcome to nofightin.com, our tribute/resource site for early-’90s California blues band The Red Devils and harmonica player Lester Butler.

Red Devils

Information about the musicians is scarce online, though a devoted following remains overseas. We are hoping this site can be a repository for the good stories, photos and random links sprinkled throughout the world wide web.

Who we are:

  • J.J. Perry is a journalist in Aberdeen, South Dakota; blues and roots drummer; and certified barbecue judge.

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29 Responses to “About nofightin.com”

  1. hey,
    It’s Jasper here. Pretty cool to see “up-to-date” stuff about lester, 13 and RD online. I’ve been trying to setup some similar in the old days, but it just never worked out. I would like to contribute stuff!! Please let me know how… I’m willing to digg in my old mail-archives for some interesting contacts and other nice material.

  2. Hey Jasper, glad to hear from you! Tom and I are clearing out a lot of our old pictures, articles and e-mails from over the years.

    We’d love to have you contribute any time — you can leave stuff in the comments, or just e-mail to me or Tom and we’ll make a “guest post by Jasper.” Our nofightin.com e-mail addresses are jjperry@nofightin.com and tomharold@nofightin.com.

    Take care!

  3. Stuart Watt Says:

    Hi,

    My name’s Stu & I’m from Scotland, I’m just starting out on the harp & a friend recently put me onto The Red Devils. I been playin the”KING, KING” album constantly for the past few weeks, its exactly the style of blues I’m aiming at learning, is there anywhere I can get Harp tabs for any of these songs.

    Thanks

    Stu

  4. automatic32 Says:

    Stuart, I’m not sure there’s any tab specifically, but send me an email through the link and I’ll see if I can’t get you going in the right direction. It will help to get a few more details from you, and then we can go from there.

  5. GeorgiaHealer Says:

    I am desperately trying to get the mechanical licensing rights to Automatic–My band is scheduled to release a CD in October 2009 & we have done a killer version. (Please don’t tell me it’s a Willie Love song).

    Does anyone know who owns the rights?

  6. I am desperately trying to get the mechanical licensing rights to Automatic–My band is scheduled to release a CD in October 2009 & we have done a killer version. (Please don’t tell me it’s a Willie Love song).
    Does anyone know who owns the rights?

    Hi GeorgiaHealer. Yes, by all accounts, it is a Willie Love song; however, I’ve not been able to find it. But there are enough accounts from reputable sources that “Automatic” (or, possibly, “Automatic Woman”) was recorded by Willie Love for Trumpet Records in the early ’50s. Here is a pretty common accounting of Love’s tune, and the “Hydromatic Woman” cover by Joe Hill Louis for Sun.

    But more importantly, that is who the Devils credit on “King King,” and they were pretty good about giving proper credit (and making corrections on the second pressing when the label switched to American Recordings).

    My suggestion is to contact the Harry Fox Agency. I believe they have a form you can fill out to find a copyright holder when you don’t know who it is. They’ll search it out, and collect payment when (and if) they find someone. If you are doing covers at all, Harry Fox Agency is a good place to start to be sure.

    If I recall from paying mechanicals for my old band The Forecasters, there are different costs for songs depending on how long the tunes are, and how many copies of the album are being pressed. And we had one song — “Goin’ Down to Eli’s” or “Gonna Murder My Baby” — that we couldn’t track down copyright on. But we filled out all the paperwork with Harry Fox just in case they could track it down (they never did).

    Hope this helps — and send us some links so Devils fans can hear what you’ve done with “Automatic” or other tunes!

  7. J.J,

    Hey man, thanks for the feedback. THe CD is now in production and we were able to locate the current publisher (though not through Harry Fox)–it actually belongs to DEF USA, a division of Sony !

    Please check-out our new myspace page where I have posted both Automatic & Taildragger, which are both on our upcomming relaese “Heal THis!”

    http://www.myspace.com/thegeorgiahealers

  8. I’m a huge fan and just found your site! I used to see them every Thursday at Jack’s Sugar Shack in L.A. Man, do I miss them…

    Is there any place to get the MP3 of Lousiana Blues?

  9. @Andy, thanks for the kind words. We’d be interested in any info on those Sugar Shack gigs — flyers, dates, photos, etc.

    Send me an email at jjperry@nofightin.com and I’ll help out with “Louisiana Blues.”

    Take care.

  10. Cheers! i just shot you an e-mail!

  11. Red Devils were the best.

    thanks for starting this page.

  12. Huub Houben Says:

    Hello Guys,

    It’s great to see that still after 11 years there are many people who haven’t forgotten Lester. I was there in may 1998 at the Moulin blues festival (Holland) where he played his last gig. A few years ago I made a DVD from this gig but the release last year was much better. In 2008 got Lori Peralta (Lester’s girl friend) and his sister Monica the first DVD at a memorial at the Moulin Blues fistival and I was so glad to meet Monica and Lori. I gave them a DVD I made from the Pinkpop festival 1993 in Holland. They were made of a tape I got from Jasper (who lives a few miles away), but they are from a good quality. Jasper has a lot of Lester stuff, including these recordings. But if you’re interested let me know. Let’s keep Lester’s music alive!!
    Good luck!

  13. Steve Pigeon Says:

    All I can say is “WOW”. I diddle a liddle harp started search for
    that TONE behind Burnside(‘s “It’s Bad, Ya Know”) and made it
    here, thank God ( Lester, Burnside,even “Soprano’s”) for the
    raw, real,roots stuff – Red Devils, and you guys for making it
    accessible to a sod like me… I could ( and should) go on but
    …I’ll be back

  14. automatic32 Says:

    Steve,
    Thanks for stopping in. Glad you enjoyed your visit here.

  15. Great site for a great band. The Red Devils will remain one of the great, almost invisible underpinnings of American roots n blues. Thanks for doing this. It is important work that will become more-so with time.

  16. Phil, thanks so much for the comment — you’ve succinctly summed up what this whole blog is about. We appreciate your visit.

  17. Markoftheblues Says:

    Yo Johnny Ray, We met at the Harmonica Blow Down in long Beach, I video Taped Junior Watson and Kim Wilson, Larry Taylor. I wouild be intrested in a Copy of Johnny Cash with the red Devils, If you can Wing it. Was cool hangin with ya. Mark of the Blues Leucadia Bound

  18. Check this painter out, here in the netherlands: http://www.theoreijnders.nl
    He’s got Lester too :)

  19. Cool site. I was trying to track down the name of the guitarist who replace Paul Size…and possibly if and where he still plays. Thanks.

  20. @Mike: That’s a good question about who followed Paul Size. I don’t know that there was a permanent replacement after Paul left, but it seems that Zach Zunis played on the Devils’ ill-fated second album. That Zunis also played in some version of a “Lester Butler Band” after the Devils leads me to think that is likely.

    Zunis has played guitar with Janiva Magness for several years.

  21. I saw The Red Devils at the Paradiso, Amsterdam after he split up the original line up and I’m pretty sure it was Kid Ramos who played there

  22. What’s the key harp in the song devil woman?

  23. automatic32 Says:

    Devil Woman is interesting in that it is in the key of D, which just isn’t that common of a key for blues songs. The harmonica part is second position, key of G.

  24. Red Devils King King is one of my favourites. I bought it twice. I lost my first copie, when I went off the road accidentaly with my car, after a concert from the Hacienda Brothers in Nijmegen (Netherlands). This was somewhere about 2004 I guess.
    Luckily I heard and saw the Red Devils in 1993 (?) in Rotterdam (Netherlands). It’s realy sad that Lester Butler died so young. Until a came at this website I never knew about this 13 project (or band). There’s a lot to read and whatch at this website. I’ve just started. Edo Moll

  25. Welcome Edo! Feel free to contribute to the story of The Red Devils — memories, ticket stubs, etc.

  26. Although this is a different subject, I’de like to add also a concert by ‘The Mighty Flyers’ in a Jazz club called Thelonious in Rotterdam. This must have been about 1990. I offered the guitar player a drink. He invited me to test his guitar (Dan Electro).

  27. DAVE WEST Says:

    Hi all at No Fightin ! Just a quick note to say that i just managed to get a copy of the “King King” double red vinyl album ! Yeehaa! This has got to be the best live album of all time. Next target is to get hold of the Jagger/Devils recordings if possible! Trying to spread the word in my part of North Bucks, UK ! KEEP ON GROOVIN

  28. Thanks Dave, I have the vinyl, too — and no turntable! It’s a really gorgeous reissue, and I bet it sounds awesome in the format. (I should mention, I also have “King King” on cassette, but have never popped that in the player, either. I should give it a listen, if only for the track sequencing and fadeouts.)

    All told, I think I am up to five different physical copy of “King King,” not to mention several burned copies strategically located near CD players and in cars, along with MP3s on each iTunes and every phone and iPod, haha.

  29. Brian Cid Says:

    Love Lester’s harp playing! Does anyone have the list of Keys for the harp on the King King CD? Are there any tabs out there?? Thanks

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