1997 Tamines bootleg given mainstream release

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”

Pics: 13’s day off at North Sea Feb. 1998

Our friend Eddie Clark provided these photos of 13 from what he said was the group’s second to last tour of the Netherlands and Belgium in February 1998. “We had left Sneek, NL and had to go way north to the Nordzee to get back to Amsterdam,” Clark wrote. “That is a massive dike weContinue reading “Pics: 13’s day off at North Sea Feb. 1998”

Lester Butler memorials 1998

Not long after Lester Butler died in May 1998, I received a package from Enrico Crivellaro, who was Butler’s touring guitarist in 13 in 1997. We had kept in touch after meeting in Kentucky and Indiana, and now he had sent along a memorial flier for Butler, along with a prayer card and short biographyContinue reading “Lester Butler memorials 1998”

Blue Shadows gigs 1989-90

We are catching up with several Blue Shadows dates for the timeline section. We start with several great clippings from the Eddie Clark collection, snapshots of the late-’80s/early-’90s California blues scene. Included are an ad for the first blues hall of fame festival and a postcard for blues night at Spice, both organized by RandyContinue reading “Blue Shadows gigs 1989-90”

Itinerary outlines 1997 13 Europe tour

We’ve been going through thousands of photos, videos, posters, documents and ephemera given to No Fightin’ by drummer Eddie Clark. Much of it focuses on his time with 13 or his many years with William Clarke. Over the coming months, we’ll be posting more rare inventory from the Eddie Clark collection. First up: This faxedContinue reading “Itinerary outlines 1997 13 Europe tour”

Review: Bonus tracks, new packaging highlight 13 reissue

“13 featuring Lester Butler” is available again. The reissue, out March 22 on RockBeat Records, features new art, new liner notes and three bonus tracks previously available only on bootleg. We are on record with our love of “13,” so the quality of the music is not in doubt on this reissue. Instead, let’s lookContinue reading “Review: Bonus tracks, new packaging highlight 13 reissue”

Moulin DVD highlight reel

The Web site that brought us the 13 Moulin Blues DVD, http://www.bluesdvd.nl, now has a YouTube channel. Of interest to us: A great quality highlight reel of the 13 DVD. If you’ve been on the fence about getting this concert, watch this video and get going!