The Red Devils were a band built for smoky bars, but even they might have had some trouble conjuring that mojo for the noontime lunch crowd at a college campus.
The review from the Daily Titan [PDF] recaps the band’s Dec. 2, 1992, performance at California State University in Fullerton. Interesting details on guitarist Mike Flanigin, described here as replacing Dave Lee Bartel in the “traveling line-up” of the band.
Red Devils perform Chicago-style blues
By Matt Cliff, Daily Titan Staff Writer
Dec. 3, 1992
The Red Devils’ laid back, gimmick-free stage demeanor let their music do the work Wednesday at Becker Amphitheater in the last noontime show of the semester.
The band’s gritty Chicago-style blues, flavored by singer/harp player Lester Butler’s wailing harmonica, revealed why they have attracted so many fans, celebrities and music industry types to their regular shows at the King King club in Los Angeles.
Drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of blues covers by artists like Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and others, the Red Devils have a raspy, roots-rock element to their sound that pumps up its intensity.
The band is on tour to promote its debut Def American album “King King,” named for the club where they’ve played since their formation in 1988.