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“She’s Dangerous” lyrics

Posted in red devils with tags , , , on June 27, 2010 by J.J.

“She’s Dangerous” (Willie Dixon), from “King King”

I got to tell you
When I get a chance
‘Bout a girl I know
And my best friend

He loved a woman
And put her down
Went talkin’ trash
All over town
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Paul Size now offering guitar lessons

Posted in paul size with tags , , , on June 21, 2010 by J.J.

Courtesy hiserfotografFor the past several years, Paul Size has carved a niche for himself as the guitarist for the blues-soul-party combo Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. Size’s chops remain top-notch since leaving The Red Devils, as I can attest personally, having seen Hoy and the boys here in Bloomington a few years ago.

Those of you lucky enough to live in the vicinity of Martha’s Vineyard can take advantage of Size’s generosity: Paul Size is offering guitar lessons through his site, paulsize.com.

For roughly 50 bucks or so, you — yes, you! — can get some blues guitar instruction from the man who played this, this and this.

The site offers contact information for Size, including a land and cell phone numbers. Please, do not bother him with geeky questions about the Devils! But if you do take him up on the offer for lessons, tell him nofightin.com sent you (and be sure to file a report when you’re done).

A portrait of Lester Butler

Posted in lester butler with tags , on June 12, 2010 by J.J.

Found this on my desktop, labeled “2009.” I don’t know where I got it, or who took the original photo, or the photo of the photo. Can anyone help?

Bateman drums: Old school, new ideas

Posted in bill bateman with tags , , , on June 6, 2010 by J.J.

Bill Bateman in Drumhead [Photo by Kelly King]Bill Bateman is featured in the May/June 2010 issue of Drumhead magazine, mostly talking about the craft of drum building. Bateman began building kits for his own Bateman Drum Company a few years ago, and he talks, in detail, with Drumhead about the why and how:

“I noticed that some of the drum companies have made choices in their production that aren’t geared towards a better instrument, but rather are a by-product of mass production. Some companies are good. Gretsch still does it the old 1940s way, which is great. Ludwig is kind of imitating what they used to do, but they have all butt joints. They didn’t have butt joints in the old days.”

Bateman is revealed as a true drum gearhead, with an astounding knowledge of styles and companies. He even talks at length about studying Civil War-era snare drums, eventually building two rope-tension snares in the 19th-century style, according to Drumhead. Much of the article is about how he and his brother-in-law experimented with making wood shells. But Bateman always keeps the player in mind, even when selecting hardware (which he gets from old drums): “All of that double-braced hardware isn’t going to fit into the back of your Toyota,” Bateman told the magazine. “Even if it did, your back would be pissed at you the next day.”
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