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2-in-1 Devils promo swag

Posted in red devils on September 10, 2013 by J.J.


Oddest piece of memorabilia? A Red Devils bottle opener/keychain combo. I picked this one up on eBay recently. I could not find any information about this keychain, which might either be a long-forgotten promo item or a one-off ordered by a fan from some marketing company.

I’ve reached out to folks who might know. If I hear something, you will, too. Or, if you know the backstory on this tchotchke, let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: Annika Bärlund says this is authentic Red Devils merch. “The bottle opener/key chain is the real deal. They were around sometime in 1992-1993. .. I was on tour with the R.D in Europe in 1993 and sold their t-shirts, tapes and 45s and other stuff in venues. Part of the tour was opening for Johnny Winter, so I got to sell his merchandize too. That was pretty cool!”

Spare bands & one-and-dones

Posted in 13, lester butler with tags , , , , on September 2, 2013 by J.J.

Blues musicians will know … get a group of guys together, come up with a name, and you are a “band” for a night. Might have those same four guys another night, new name. Use a different drummer for a pickup gig, and that’s three. One of those bands, likely, was called the Blues Meisters. Law of averages.

The Red Devils had a fairly monogamous relationship during the prime ’92-’93 years: Butler, Size, Bartel, Bartel and Bateman — save for Mike Flanigin taking North American duties for Dave Lee Bartel in late 1992. But once Paul Size left the band in mid-’93, all bets were off.

Here are some of the random situations featuring Lester Butler, primarily between The Red Devils and 13.

THE BACKSTREET CRAWLERS: “Tonight at 9 [at the Blue Cafe], the Backstreet Crawlers, featuring Lester of the Red Devils on harmonica. The Crawlers are an L.A.-based blues outfit who often have non-musician celebs dropping by to jam.” — Long Beach, Calif., Press-Telegram, July 25, 1992 Continue reading

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