Dave Alvin remembers Butler and Red Devils

Dave Alvin posted his thoughts to Facebook Dec. 4: Got to thinking today about the late, talented Lester Butler and the short lived but tough little blues outfit, The Red Devils, so I found a good clip of the guys playing some European festival over a decade ago. Yeah, that’s Blaster Bill Bateman on drumsContinue reading “Dave Alvin remembers Butler and Red Devils”

And here it is … The Red Devils 2012 reunion

They started from a jam, so it makes sense they would return at a jam, under the cover of darkness, unannounced and just as powerful as when they burst on the national stage with “King King” in 1992. The surviving members of The Red Devils reunited May 27 at an afterparty for the Simi ValleyContinue reading “And here it is … The Red Devils 2012 reunion”

Red Devils open Hollywood House of Blues 1994

Jonny Ray Bartel sent this Daily Variety article on the opening night at the Hollywood House of Blues April 22, 1994, featuring Aerosmith and The Red Devils: Bartel also shared his recollections from that show: We were offered the warming slot for Aerosmith on the opening night of Hollywood’s House of Blues on Sunset Blvd.Continue reading “Red Devils open Hollywood House of Blues 1994”

Bateman & Bartel go back to “Church”

No doubt their paths have crossed a few times in the last 15 years, but here is video proof of Bill Bateman and Jonny Ray Bartel jamming together in October on The Red Devils classic “Goin’ To The Church”: The video was shot Oct. 10, 2010, at a VFW post in San Gabriel Valley, California.Continue reading “Bateman & Bartel go back to “Church””

Rowdy morning on KCRW + 1 new song, 1992

What happens when you get The Red Devils on your early-morning radio show in 1992? They give you their blistering take on “Shake ‘Em On Down.” Listen now …

DVD review: Red Devils at Moulin 1993

By the 1993 Moulin Blues Festival, the Red Devils had been touring for several months on end, and the wear and tear can be seen — but not heard — in the three bonus tracks on the DVD. While the band looks beat up, they are as tight a musical unit as one could hopeContinue reading “DVD review: Red Devils at Moulin 1993”