REVIEW: Paul Size tells it like it is on debut solo CD, ‘Can’t Lose Playing The Blues’

On his debut solo album, “Can’t Lose Playing The Blues,” Paul Size dishes out nearly an hour’s worth of diverse, rollicking music that stands as his word on the blues.

1992: Red Devils find the Size that fits

Very nice article from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on the early days of Paul Size in the band. RED DEVILS FIND THE SIZE THAT FITS by Dave Ferman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sept. 11, 1992 Texas-born blues guitarist Paul Size readily will admit that he’s been real lucky so far in his musical career. Born in DallasContinue reading “1992: Red Devils find the Size that fits”

1998 Bolwerk, Sneek: Butler plays blues the way it should be

From our friend Feelgood comes this story about 13’s Jan. 30, 1998, gig at Bolwerk, videos of which are available on YouTube. Nothing groundbreaking here, but a fine read nonetheless. More accurate translations are appreciated. LESTER BUTLER PLAYS BLUES THE WAY IT SHOULD BE by Jacob Haagsma, Leeuwarder Courant Jan. 20, 1998 SNEEK — From PinkpopContinue reading “1998 Bolwerk, Sneek: Butler plays blues the way it should be”

USA Today: “King King” raw, rootsy blues

A glowing “King King” review from USA Today’s Oct. 28, 1992, edition. Is this one of the earlier, mainstream notices of that album? RED DEVILS LIVE ALBUM BLASTS RAW, ROOTSY BLUES by Edna Gundersen USA Today Hellbent for blues, the red-hot Red Devils have cranked out the year’s most electrifying live album, a stunning debut.Continue reading “USA Today: “King King” raw, rootsy blues”

Red Devils go to school for noon concert

The Red Devils were a band built for smoky bars, but even they might have had some trouble conjuring that mojo for the noontime lunch crowd at a college campus. The review from the Daily Titan [PDF] recaps the band’s Dec. 2, 1992, performance at California State University in Fullerton. Interesting details on guitarist MikeContinue reading “Red Devils go to school for noon concert”

Boogie with the Hook, 1992

An important blurb in The Red Devils’ bio is the band’s opening slot for blues legend John Lee Hooker. That phrase — “opened for John Lee Hooker” — is Blues Credibility in Five Words or Fewer. As far as can find, the Devils opened for the Hook one time, on Feb. 20, 1992, inContinue reading “Boogie with the Hook, 1992”

Legendary Cleveland rock writer on the Devils, 1992

Two great articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in October 1992 give more history of the Red Devils (winning 1992 Best Blues Band at the Los Angeles Music Awards) along with a review of a live gig at Peabody’s DownUnder in The Flats Oct. 15. Both articles come courtesy of reporter Jane Scott, who hasContinue reading “Legendary Cleveland rock writer on the Devils, 1992”

‘Blast furnace blues’: Dec. 3, 1992, ‘King King’ review

Looking around a few months ago, I found this review of “King King” from the University of Houston Daily Cougar Online archives, Dec. 3, 1992. I really like the exuberance and imagery in this review. As a bonus: A Jeff Healey review! BLOSSOMING BANDS BESTOW PLEASING PLATTERS by Manuel Esparza Daily Cougar Staff How doContinue reading “‘Blast furnace blues’: Dec. 3, 1992, ‘King King’ review”