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nofightin.com on YouTube

August 18, 2009

For those who haven’t seen it on the righthand side of the page, nofightin.com is now on YouTube as nofightindotcom. Right now, we’ve gathered some of the best Red Devils, 13 and Lester Butler clips in easy-to-use playlists, so you can hear things like Pinkpop all in one sitting (and in the right order). If […]

Blue Shadows 1991 on YouTube

February 4, 2009

Great find on YouTube recently — vintage video of The Blue Shadows, the pre-Def American version of The Red Devils. The description, from user checker764, says: Before signing with Def American Records and being given the name The Red Devils by producer Rick Rubin, Lester Butler’s band was known as The Blue Shadows. They were featured […]

Listen: Red Devils climb ‘Mountain Stage’ for live radio show (1992)

July 11, 2021

Listen: #TheRedDevils on @MountainStage live Oct. 4, 1992. Four rare radio recordings of the band in top form @wvpublic

James Harman R.I.P., and Gene Taylor tribute in Austin

June 12, 2021

A final farewell to James Harman, and a musical tribute to Gene Taylor.

Paul Size fuels solo debut with unearthed blues and old friends

April 17, 2021

He doesn’t sing. Plays a lot of rhythm guitar. Let’s the band shine. But Paul Size is in control on his debut solo CD and download, “Can’t Lose Playing The Blues.”

REVIEW: Paul Size tells it like it is on debut solo CD, ‘Can’t Lose Playing The Blues’

March 21, 2021

On his debut solo album, “Can’t Lose Playing The Blues,” Paul Size dishes out nearly an hour’s worth of diverse, rollicking music that stands as his word on the blues.

Block 1993 interview with Lester Butler after Pinkpop festival (annotated)

March 7, 2021

Lester Butler and Bill Bateman talk to Block magazine after The Red Devils’ seminal performance at Pinkpop 1993. (annotated)

Roll ’em, Gene: Boogie woogie master Gene Taylor dies in Austin, Texas

February 21, 2021

Gene Taylor, whose fiery boogie woogie and classic blues piano graced decades worth of classic albums and stages around the world, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. According to social media posts from family and friends, Taylor, who lived in Austin, Texas, had been without heat or water for days during the devastating winter storm this […]

Paul Size solo album pre-order up + Bateman/Bartel streaming live tonight

February 6, 2021

Lots of Red Devils-related stuff going on this weekend. Let’s jump into it: ‘Can’t Lose Playing the Blues’ The debut solo album from Paul Size, “Can’t Lose Playing the Blues,” is available for pre-order now on Bandcamp. The digital album will be up on March 5; physical CDs will be shipped March 5. Both are […]

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

January 16, 2021

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 not […]