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.

The Red Devils return with first new album in 25 years

Moments ago, Mike Flanigin on Instagram posted a pic of “Return of The Red Devils,” the band’s first album since their debut “King King” 25 years ago. (Skipping the 1994 “Blackwater Roll” EP.) The post confirms what nofightin.com has heard over the past several weeks: That the band would have a new disc for saleContinue reading “The Red Devils return with first new album in 25 years”

5 takeaways from The Red Devils reunion weekend

The Red Devils are back, having just completed their first three gigs in 23 years. They returned triumphant June 2-4 in The Netherlands. Photos and videos of the shows are plentiful, and too many to catalog here. Many of the videos are captured in The Red Devils Facebook group. Also check the Facebook pages forContinue reading “5 takeaways from The Red Devils reunion weekend”

BREAKING: Red Devils reuniting for summer 2017 European tour

The rumors are true … In 2017, on the silver anniversary of “King King,” The Red Devils return to Europe, to the crowds that have kept their memory, spirit and music alive. Bill Bateman, Paul Size and Jonny Ray Bartel return with one-time Red Devils guitarist Mike Flanigin (Jimmie Vaughan, Billy Gibbons and the BFGs).Continue reading “BREAKING: Red Devils reuniting for summer 2017 European tour”

Lester Butler remembered at Simi Valley Cajun & Blues festival

For one afternoon only, Lester Butler was back on stage. A portrait of Butler — blowing harp, arms covered in tats — by artist Theo Reijnders rested on an easel stage left May 29 at the 22nd Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival for a performance by Big Pete and his Lester ButlerContinue reading “Lester Butler remembered at Simi Valley Cajun & Blues festival”

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”