Willie J Campbell, longtime bass player for the James Harman Band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, died Dec. 18, 2022, after a battle with ALS.
“My idea was … a raw, hard-edge blues unit,” Kid Ramos tells nofightin.com about 1997’s mythical supergroup Snake Snake, fronted by Lester Butler.
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.
James Harman — blues raconteur extraordinaire — is 74, without the means to earn a living, and beginning chemotherapy for Stage 4 cancer.
Back in December, Kid Ramos posted three very cool videos a version of The Blue Shadows from 1989 — Bill Bateman, Jonny Ray Bartel, Dave Lee Bartel, Lester Butler and, well, the first “Kid” on guitar. Well, videos of videos. Is this the earliest recording out there of the core of The Blue Shadows/Red Devils, beforeContinue reading “Kid Ramos tears it up in 1989 Blue Shadows videos”
We have written about Snake Snake before, believing a band with that brilliant a name could only be a myth. But here they are — Kid Ramos, Willie J. Campbell, Stephen Hodges and Lester Butler — on a June 13, 1997, at the Blue Cafe in Long Beach, Calif. Funny that this was right afterContinue reading “Snake Snake at the Blue Cafe 1997”
Blues musicians will know … get a group of guys together, come up with a name, and you are a “band” for a night. Might have those same four guys another night, new name. Use a different drummer for a pickup gig, and that’s three. One of those bands, likely, was called the Blues Meisters.Continue reading “Spare bands & one-and-dones”
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””