Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

August 7, 2015

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials


August 7, 2015 - August 7, 2015

8:00pm – 10:00pm

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“Full of fire, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials hit the floor running and
accelerate from there.
High-octane, expressive, fiercely articulated, harrowing intensity, raucous
slide.” –Living Blues

Alligator recording artists Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, touring in
support of their latest Alligator CD, JUMP START, will perform at the
Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston on Friday, August 7, 2015.
Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the
deepest slow-burners, Lil’ Ed Williams and his rip-roaring Blues Imperials
— bassist James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly
Littleton — deliver gloriously riotous, rollicking and intensely emotional
blues. Currently celebrating 27 history-making years together, Lil’ Ed & The
Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed
to a razor’s edge. In 2013, the band was awarded the Living Blues Critics’
and Readers’ Awards for Best Live Performer. The band won this same
distinction in the 2012 and 2011 Living Blues Critics’ Poll. The group won
the coveted
The band’s wildly energetic and seriously soulful new CD JUMP START is
jam-packed with Lil’ Ed’s incendiary slide playing and rough, passionate
singing, as the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cook like mad alongside
him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a
tour-de-force of untamed slide guitar, rock solid rhythms, heartrending
ballads and authentic deep blues vocals. Williams wrote or co-wrote 13 of
the album’s 14 songs, which all overflow with the band’s full throttle drive
and serious sense of fun. JUMP START reveals a band firing on all cylinders
and ready to spread the genuine houserockin’ fever to their biggest audience
yet. “It’s all blues, really,” says Lil’ Ed. “Some of it will make you
dance, some will ease your soul.”

Lil’ Ed boasts a direct bloodline to blues history — his uncle and musical
mentor was the great Chicago slide guitarist, songwriter and recording
artist J.B. Hutto. Live, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials simply can’t be beat
as Ed breaks out the deepest back-bends, the highest toe-walks, and the most
authentic electric slide-guitar blues being played today. Garrett’s
risk-taking rhythm guitar work and Littleton’s conversational, old school
drumming perfectly complement Lil’ Ed’s and Pookie’s rambunctious playing.

Adding to the legend is Ed’s storybook rise, taking him from working in a
car wash to entertaining thousands of fans all over the world. He’s made
multiple appearances on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and has brought his
music to fans from Japan to Poland. According to The Chicago Tribune,
“Williams represents one of the few remaining authentic links to pure
Chicago blues.”

Now, with JUMP START, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials will continue bringing
their seriously inspired and wildly fun Chicago blues to “Ed Heads” new and
old, wherever they may be. After almost a quarter century together, Lil’ Ed,
Pookie, Mike and Kelly have played thousands of gigs, logged tens of
thousands of miles and have no plans to slow down anytime soon. According to
Littleton, “The journey has been amazing. We melded right away and have kept
growing.” Garrett agrees, saying, “It’s a perfect fit. And we keep getting
better.” Young adds, “We are way stronger now, and we’re still having fun.
My dreams have all come true.”

TICKETS: $28.00 in advance $30 at the door