Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials Celebrate New Release in Philadelphia
Alligator recording artists Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials will celebrate the release of their new Alligator CD, Jump Start, with a live performance at The Twisted Tail in Philadelphia on Thursday, August 9, 2012. 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 24 history-making years together, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor's edge. The group won the coveted 2009 Band Of The Year Blues Music Award, the same honor they received in 2007. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials recently received a Living Blues Readers' Award nomination for Best Live Performer. The band won that same distinction in the 2011 Living Blues Critics' Poll.
Concert information is as follows:
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Twisted Tail: 509 South 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA
215-558-2471 | 8:00pm | Ticket price: $8 advance / $10 day of show
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."
Long ago," recalls Lil' Ed, Uncle J.B. told me, 'When you get the right guys in your band, you'll know.' When Mike and then Kelly joined up with me and Pookie, we just clicked. I knew. We are a family," says Lil' Ed, summing it all up. And families stay together."