From Screamin’ Jay to Icepick James to 13 … the birth of a ‘Plague’

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’”

Tamines 1997 reissue is a miss

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”

1997 Tamines bootleg given mainstream release

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” lyrics

“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”