A look at Lester Butler’s 1996 residency at the Chesterfield Cafe in Paris.
Check out some of the earliest Red Devils/Lester Butler fliers.
Reviews for 1997’s “13 featuring Lester Butler” were collected at the time by Jasper Heikens for the Lester Butler Tribute Site. These long-lost reviews provide a snapshot of a moment in time when Butler was still breaking ground, “the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion meets Little Walter.”
Lester Butler and 13 were supposed to play their first gig at the Dixie Belle Restaurant in Downey on June 27, 1998. Butler never made it, but a tribute show was held for him that night. (An article that day noted Smokey Hormel, Steven Hodges and John Bazz all playing.) The man who promoted the show, EdContinue reading “Intveld on Butler: ‘Taking something beyond where it’s been before’”
There isn’t much in the way of merchandise for The Red Devils or 13. Beyond the records, here is some of the swag that has been coveted by fans.
Eddie Clark’s 1998 datebook adds more gigs to the 13 timeline — plus one crash.
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.