DVL resurrects Red Devils in 2016

DVL is the name of a “supergroup” of musicians uniting to revive the spirit of The Red Devils in 2016.

The band is Austin blues player Guy Forsyth (Asylum Street Spankers) and three members of UK’s The Hoax — Jon Amor, Robin Davey and Mark Barrett. The Hoax was known for having been inspired by the Devils; DVL’s European tour takes that inspiration full circle.

DVL_2016Let’s let them tell it:

In 2013 after a brief dressing room discussion at the Bluesrock festival in Tegelen NL, Guy Forsyth joined The Hoax on stage for a riotous version of Going To The Church by The Red Devils. “We should do this again” was the inevitable discussion post show. Fast forward a couple of years and after a few emails back and forth DVL was born.

What stands out to me about this tribute vs. some of the others out there is that it focuses on The Red Devils, rather than only Lester Butler, who has become a significant cult figure in Europe 18 years after his death. The landmark “King King” album is too often forgotten in Butler’s cult of personality.

DVL also feels like a complete presentation and band, rather than any type of all-star lineup.

Forsyth emailed me a few weeks ago. I don’t think I am betraying a confidence to say he is a true Red Devils fan since running into the gang in Texas in 1992 and again in Holland in 1993.

The tour runs through August and September. Audiences in the UK, Netherlands and Denmark, take warning.

Published by J.J.

Drums and barbecue ribs. Blues music.

2 thoughts on “DVL resurrects Red Devils in 2016

  1. Pure joy! Pure passion! And the public gone wild that evening during that collaboration of Guy and The Hoax. I was there, I went mad too. People still talk about that very special moment. And the musicians did it too! In 1994, at the same spot they all played separate, with there own bands: Red Devils, Guy Forsyth (who replaced BBM) and a few youngsters called The Hoax. It was so much fun to see and hear Guy joun the stage with the headliner of 2013, The Hoax and play tribute to The Red Devils. Yes people, The Red Devils are cult. Still so, so many fans in Holland. That band will never die here! And I am so proud to see that Guy, Jon, Robin and the shuffle king himself, Mister Mark Barrett, will honour our heroes from The Red Devils. True passion. Thanks for that!


  2. The new CD by DVL “Diablo” is out as of October 2016, and It is excellent.

    You can listen to tracks and buy the download on bandcamp.com.
    It’s the closest thing to the Red Devils I have ever heard. The band has added a new bass player, Dave Doherty, who was with Jon Amor’s band, and Robin Davey has switched to guitar and the band plays 11 superb tracks from the Red Devils’ playlist. High energy, hard rocking blues! Love it!


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