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”

13 reissue producer: “We want to carry on his legacy”

“13 featuring Lester Butler” reissue producer James Austin is obviously a big fan of the harmonica player. In a recent email Q&A with nofightin.com, Austin, vice president of A&R for RockBeat Records, talked about the project, his goals and his continuing amazement at Lester Butler. Q: How were you brought aboard this reissue project? WereContinue reading “13 reissue producer: “We want to carry on his legacy””

3 live bonus tracks on 13 reissue

The “13 featuring Lester Butler” reissue will include three live bonus cuts from the Tamines Festival in 1997. The tracklist for the disc, out March 22, was revealed today in a news release and e-mail exchange with RockBeat Records, a division of S’More Entertainment: 13 FEATURING LESTER BUTLER There are very few white blues bandsContinue reading “3 live bonus tracks on 13 reissue”

“13 featuring Lester Butler” reissue due in March

Long out of print, “13 featuring Lester Butler” appears to be headed back to stores. Copies of the 1997 album, first issued on the now-defunct HighTone label, are scarce, and often sell for nearly $100 on eBay. Now, almost exactly 14 years after its debut, “13” looks like it’s being reissued through Rockbeat Records. ThereContinue reading ““13 featuring Lester Butler” reissue due in March”