The Red Devils Three Nights Live In The UK

The Red Devils Three Nights Live In The UK


The Red Devils Three Nights Live In The UK



From Los Angeles The Red Devils Three Nights Live In The UK

THE RED DEVILS –  JULY 2017  –UK Dates

JULY 27 BELFAST, Enler Delta Blues Club


JULY 30 LONDON, Borderline



The real thing – not a tribute act

The re-formed Red Devils are touring with ZZ Top this summer. When they visit the UK and Ireland they will have a few days open before returning to the US …..

Twenty-five years after their seminal live recording “King King” THE RED DEVILS continue to inspire a generation of blues lovers drawn to their gritty Chicago and Texas-inspired blues, by way of Hollywood, California.

Members of the band from that album recording PAUL “THE KID” SIZE (guitar), BILL “BUSTER” BATEMAN (drums) and JONNY RAY BARTEL (bass) are joined by MIKE FLANIGIN (who toured with the band though didn’t record). Taking the role of the late Lester Butler is Delta Groove recording artist BIG PETE, a monster harp player, front man and singer who attributes his entire musical existence to seeing The Red Devils in 1993.

The Red Devils Three Nights Live In The UKFrom their Monday night haunt at Hollywood club “King King” they developed a cult-like following. Producer Rick Rubin was one of those regulars, eventually producing the band’s “King King” album (recorded live at the club). Rubin then brought them into the studio with fan Mick Jagger. Years before the Rolling Stones returned to their blues roots on record, Jagger and the Devils laid down nearly two dozen rowdy blues classics that sounded raw and real. The sessions went unreleased officially, but circulated widely as a popular bootleg. One cut “Checkin’ Up On My Baby” finally was released on Jagger’s 2006 “Very Best” compilation.

After that session, Rubin again called on the Devils, this time to back the legendary Johnny Cash. Those recordings were also shelved until the Cash “Unearthed” box set. The Allman Brothers fell in love with the Devils’ sound taking them on their 1992 East Coast tour. The Red Devils disbanded in 1994 and front man Lester Butler died in 1998 aged 38, but a fervent fan base keeps The Red Devils’ fame alive.

A re-formed line up of the legendary LA-band THE RED DEVILS is touring with ZZ TOP this summer. When they visit the UK and Ireland they will play three standalone shows – July 28 in Belfast, July 29 in Poynton and July 30 in London. Twenty-five years after their seminal live recording “King King” THE RED DEVILS continue to inspire a generation of blues lovers drawn to their gritty Chicago and Texas-inspired blues, by way of Hollywood, California.


The Red Devils Three Nights Live In The UK







photo credit Eleanor Stills
photo credit Eleanor Stills



Crosby, Stills and Nash will be touring cities across the U.K. and Ireland during Autumn 2015 before heading of to Europe. September 12 and 22, kicking off with two shows at London’s Eventim Apollo, before additional stops at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Brighton Centre, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.

The group will perform songs from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from each member.   Once again, CSN will be accompanied by its backing band featuring: Shane Fontayne (guitar), Russ Kunkel (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), James Raymond (keyboards), and Todd Caldwell (organ).




September 12                      London, UK – Eventim Apollo

September 13                      London, UK – Eventim Apollo

September 15                      Glasgow, UK – Royal Concert Hall

September 16                      Dublin, Ireland – Bord Gais Energy Theatre

September 18                      Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall

September 19                      Brighton, UK – Brighton Centre

September 21                      Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall

September 22                      Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

September 24                      Amsterdam, Netherlands – Concertgebouw

September 25                      Brussels, Belgium – Forest National

September 27                      Paris, France – Olympia

September 28                      Paris, France – Olympia

September 30                      Geneva, Switzerland – Theatre du Leman

October 1                              Milan, Italy – Teatro degli Arcimboldi
October 3                              Padova, Italy – Granteatro Geox

October 4                              Rome, Italy – Auditorium

October 6                              Stuttgart, Germany – Porsche Arena

October 7                              Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

October 9                              Aarhus, Denmark – Music House

October 11                           Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

EP Review: Rainbreakers ~ Blood Not Brass



Blood Not Brass

Release Date 22nd May 2015


Rainbreakers, another new group for me, are certainly not conventional blues, they have taken the framework of blues, reshaped the scaffolding and build a sound, shape and form of Rainbreakers blues that is modern and distinctly their own full of noise, distorted vocals and drumming that will be heard and is definitely not in the background keeping time.
Opening Blood Not Brass with a crash of drumming from Sam Edwards, a bloodcurdling scream and then the guitar picks up a riff and pushes the structure into shape with style great guitar work from Jack Cooper before the slightly distorted but clarion clear vocals via a harp microphone from Ben Edwards, the last member who glues the rock blues Rainbreakers structure is bassist Peter Adams who has the power Ain’t Nothing Goin’ On is on the money.

There is a frenetic urgency and excitement in the playing that without careful timing and consideration of the other members of the band could descend into anarchy but as the drum fades away on the first track and the guitar intro of On My Knees starts you realise this is a band with talent who want to be heard. The track that gives the EP its title has a gentler start as if they have collectively taken breathe but then the contemporary vocal twist cuts in and whilst holding onto tradition they are distilling through their instruments a myriad of influences from popular music culture from the sixties onwards creating a modern and timeless sound crossing genres and full of interest.

Closing with All I Got I know there is a lot more in the tank of this exciting four piece of Rock Blues band that deserves to be heard far and wide. This is a sound that whilst being unique has a listenability and deserves mainstream play it is exciting music delivered with a freshness and passion that is Rainbreakers.

This is a four track E.P. that in the fifteen minutes of recorded music jams in an album’s worth of excitement. Rainbreakers are a new band for Bluesdoodles but I was left after listening to this exciting music the urge to go hear a full set live.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

2nd The Marrs Bar, Worcester Supporting Laurence Jones
3rd The Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishops Castle
9th The Bear Inn, Bridgnorth
15th The Red Lion, Gravesend Supporting The Mentulls
16th Stourbridge Blues Festival, Stourbridge
23rd The Castle Hotel, Manchester
25th Rock & Bowl Festival, Market Drayton
27th The Jam House, Birmingham
29th The Star Inn, Bentworth

And Rainmakers continue to tour see.. Tour DATES