A look at Lester Butler’s 1996 residency at the Chesterfield Cafe in Paris.
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.”
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?
In 1995, Lester Butler found himself picking up gigs and living with a “family” of bohemian creatives in Sherman Oaks. Rob Neighbors takes us inside.
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’”
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”
From their amazing music to the devastating effects of drugs, The Red Devils’ story is told this month in a compelling piece by writer Paul Rees in the new issue of Classic Rock Magazine. Issue #195, with Queen on the cover, is out in the UK and in digital editions now. Rees has done aContinue reading “Classic Rock: Fear and loathing in The Red Devils”