Sorting fact from fantasy on The Red Devils at Gino Rock Club in Sweden, 1993.
Lester Butler contributed the song “Black Bag Blues,” and his distinctive harmonica playing, to California soul singer King Ernest’s 1997 release “King of Hearts.”
14 gigs, 9 sellouts, 8,500 fans … the contracts behind The Red Devils’ 1993 tour of Holland.
Thanks to Harold Schreuder in Holland, we have some “new ” looks at The Red Devils in 1993 to share. Harold tells us that he saw the band a few times that year, including meeting The Red Devils (with Zach Zunis replacing Paul Size) at their Nov. 29, 1993, performance at the Paradiso in Amsterdam,Continue reading “Onstage with The Red Devils and Zach Zunis at the Paradiso, 1993”
Since our last post, we have been thinking about guitarist Zach Zunis. Like Mike Flanigin, Zunis could be a mere footnote in the Devils’ story despite filling a critical role in the band for several months. And let’s be clear: For some people, the Zach Zunis version of the band was the one they sawContinue reading “Zach Zunis on brush with Cash”
Jutta Härkönen shared this pic she took of The Red Devils from Kungsgatan, Sweden, with Jonny Ray Bartel surrendering. That’s guitarist Zach Zunis fourth from the left. Jutta does not remember what the occasion was — she did say the band was not in the men’s room! — and we have no confirmed dates for theContinue reading “The usual suspects?”
Picked up a concert ticket from The Red Devils’ gig at The Garage in London Dec. 1, 1993 from an eBay auction recently (No. 18, below right). At the same time, UK Devils fan Paul Brown e-mailed us his own ticket from that show — signed by every member of the band! (No. 27 at right)Continue reading “Tickets to The Garage, 1993”
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 …
Of all of Lester Butler’s guest spots in the ’90s, his work on soul singer King Ernest’s 1997 “King of Hearts” (Evidence ECD 26084-2) stands out. Usually, Butler was just adding harp to someone else’s tune, but for California’s “King Ernest” Butler Baker, he contributed an original song, “Black Bag Blues,” notable for being, toContinue reading “King Ernest / Lester Butler: “Black Bag Blues””