Bukowski, drug busts and blues: Inside Lester Butler’s ‘lost year’ (1995)

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.

Lester Butler tributes in Netherlands, California

It seems we’re heading into a little Lester Butler renaissance. Not only is “13 featuring Lester Butler” being reissued on March 22, but two tribute shows are set up featuring many of the musicians heard on that record. First up is Lester Butler Tribute Night March 25, 2011, with the Lester Butler Tribute Band atContinue reading “Lester Butler tributes in Netherlands, California”

Blowin’ out reeds with Lester Butler

This is one of the more readily available interviews with Lester Butler, but we’re including it here anyway: Blowin’ out reeds with Lester Butler: Blues harp player/singer says the bad luck made him better By Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News Music Writer March 28, 1997 Blues harpist Lester Butler says 13 is his luckyContinue reading “Blowin’ out reeds with Lester Butler”

Mannish Boys go “Way Down South” on new CD

Get a rotating cast of blues legends and superior players, a lineup of classic-but-not-beat-to-death tunes, mix in some excellent production and a loose vibe, and you get The Mannish Boys, one of the coolest concepts in modern blues. The Boys (with a foundation of Finis Tasby and Bobby Jones on vocals, Randy Chortkoff on harmonica,Continue reading “Mannish Boys go “Way Down South” on new CD”

13 years later: Another look at “13 featuring Lester Butler”

“When you’re talking about blues, you’re talking about storytelling. … You have to bring something to the table. You have to have a story to tell.” 13 years ago tonight, Lester Butler and his gang took the stage at the Bar Deluxe in Hollywood to celebrate the release of the album “13 featuring Lester Butler.”Continue reading “13 years later: Another look at “13 featuring Lester Butler””