It seems we’re heading into a little Lester Butler renaissance. Not only is “13 featuring Lester Butler” being reissued on March 22, but two tribute shows are set up featuring many of the musicians heard on that record.
First up is Lester Butler Tribute Night March 25, 2011, with the Lester Butler Tribute Band at Raodhoes, Blerick in The Netherlands. The Lester Butler Tribute Band — this time Pieter “Big Pete” van der Pluijm on vocals and harp (below), Alex Schultz on guitar, Rick Reed on bass and Johnny Morgan on drums — will headline, with openers The Nines (as best we can tell; we still haven’t learned Dutch here at No Fightin’).
Johnny Morgan tells us there will also be a Lester Butler tribute set at the 22nd Annual Simi Valley Cajun Festival in Simi Valley, Calif., Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29. It’s the same band as on March 25, but adding ANTI- Records head Andy Kaulkin, presumably on keyboards as he was on the “13” record.