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Bluefunk, Borderline shows will close Red Devils tour

Posted in red devils with tags , , on July 26, 2017 by J.J.

We are in the last week of Red Devils reunion shows, and everything winds down with two club dates.

These will be can’t-miss shows for hardcore fans: Not only will the band be able to stretch out in longer sets, but they will certainly be amped up for their return to clubs. Besides, who knows when this group might get together again, if ever? will be at these two shows — will you?

JULY 29: Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton

We have heard nothing but cool things about this little club, and are excited to be down there. The place is in the little “provincial” town of Poynton, according to Garry White, who operates the club.

Poynton is about 15 miles south of the O2 Apollo in Manchester, where The Red Devils opened for ZZ Top Tuesday, just a few days earlier. Locals for sure will want to attend the ZZ show, but don’t overlook the Devils on their own — they made their rep in clubs like the Bluefunk. Downhome and righteous.

Garry tells us that DVL — featuring Guy Forsyth and Robin Davey and other members of The Hoax — sold out the club last year. Time to do it again!

DETAILS: Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton Legion, SK12 1JY Poynton. Showtime is 8-11:30 p.m. Tickets:

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One-of-a-kind notebook gives peek into Red Devils, Butler’s creative process

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by J.J.

A notebook belonging to Lester Butler gives a rare little glimpse into The Red Devils’ lyrics, setlists and creative process.

Among the doodles, dates, phone numbers, notes and cigarette burns are lyrics for “Shake ‘Em on Down” and a nascent “Your Turn to Cry.”

The writings are in the hands of Paul Brown of the UK. Brown says he was in the crowd at the Devils’ May 4, 1993, gig at London’s Borderline. Afterward, he picked up the setlist left behind on the stage. The setlist turned out to be more than that.

“When I picked up the ‘setlist’ … it wasn’t until I returned home that I realised there were entries in over 20 pages, very much in the style of the notebook in the CD insert,” Brown wrote to us. “There are setlists, lyrics and doodles.”

Jonny Ray Bartel essentially confirmed the authenticity of the one-of-a-kind notebook in a Facebook post: “Nice collection Paul. Looks like you have an entire notebook of Lester’s. Awesome …”.

Let’s look into the pages Paul emailed to us:
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