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”

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”

Review: Johnny Mastro’s “Beautiful Chaos”

L.A.’s Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys spare no grease or grit on their new disc “Beautiful Chaos.” Fans of 13 will find much to enjoy here; Mama’s Boys even feature 13 touring bassist Mike Hightower playing behind harp man Mastro (also notable is special guest Kirk Fletcher on guitar). Produced in Detroit by Jim DiamondContinue reading “Review: Johnny Mastro’s “Beautiful Chaos””

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!

DVD review: Lester Butler at his best

It’s very easy in hindsight to project added significance to the DVD “Live at Moulin Blues Ospel 1998 — Lester’s Legendary Last Gig.” Every song choice, every note, every glance can take on a different meaning knowing that Butler would be dead just a week later. The reality is he probably considered it just anotherContinue reading “DVD review: Lester Butler at his best”

DVD: Live at Moulin 1998 — Lester’s Legendary Last Gig

It’s rare for any “new” Lester Butler or Red Devils material to be released now, more than 10 years since Butler’s passing. Which is why the 2008 DVD “Live at Moulin Blues Ospel 1998 — Lester’s Legendary Last Gig” is such a special document. Recorded at Butler’s last gig, just a week before his untimelyContinue reading “DVD: Live at Moulin 1998 — Lester’s Legendary Last Gig”