Thanks to photographer David Horwitz in Tucson, we have these great images of 13 from the Rhythm Room in Phoenix from April 4, 1998.
Rare live video of 13 featuring Lester Butler performing “Devil Woman” in 1997, with an incinerating solo by Alex Schultz.
“The night before at Boogietown Festival in Belgium- THAT was a gig!” Alex Schultz said of this 13 show on May 1, 1998. What do you think?
If you lived around LA in 1996, there were plenty of chances to catch “Groanin’ Lester Butler” snoozing the blues at Jack’s Sugar Shack, Blue Cafe, the House of Blues, and many other haunts.
A collection of posters and fliers from The Red Devils, Lester Butler and 13, circa 1988-98, on nofightin.com.
The recent health news of James Harman has reminded me, again, of the cyclical nature of the blues, and the passing down of music from one to another. Lester Butler was (in)famous for partaking in this tradition. What many probably don’t know is that the most notorious song on “13 Featuring Lester Butler” is notContinue reading “From Screamin’ Jay to Icepick James to 13 … the birth of a ‘Plague’”
Reporters never knew what they were going to get during a Lester Butler interview, as this Aug. 8, 1997, piece by Randy Cordova for the Arizona Republic shows. Chief among the surprises are some hotel hi-jinks between Les Butler and another guest, the unfortunately named Wes Butler.
A new album with the “Lester Butler” name on the cover is a rare thing, but “Live at Tamines 1997” misses the mark for both hardcore fans and newcomers. From the song selections, to the notes, to the packaging, so little care seems to have been put into this release. While a new disc couldContinue reading “Tamines 1997 reissue is a miss”
Lester Butler is back — sort of — on the above-board release of the long-bootlegged Tamines show from Aug. 29, 1997, at the 7th South Blues Festival in Belgium. The two-disc set “Lester Butler featuring 13 Live at Tamines 1997” comes from RockBeat Records, the same folks who reissued “13 featuring Lester Butler” more than fourContinue reading “1997 Tamines bootleg given mainstream release”
“So Low Down” (Lester Butler), from “13 featuring Lester Butler” Here come baby, she’s so down She been ballin’ in my town So low down, my baby’s so low down Sleep all day, out all night Lowdown woman feel all right So low down, my baby’s so low down She’s sleepin’ in the ground …Continue reading ““So Low Down” lyrics”