Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials (#716)

A house-rocking blues band lights up the Jubilee stage.

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Jubilee presents Chicago bluesman Lil’ Ed in a performance taped fresh on the heels of the release of his hard-rockin’ CD Heads Up.

“The music goes through me, and it brings out the happiness in me,” says guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lil’ Ed Williams. “Once I feel it, I’m gone—wild and crazy!” From smoking slide guitar runs to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to the deepest blues, the five-foot, one-inch Lil’ Ed and his blistering, road-tested band, the Blues Imperials, get wild and crazy every time they hit the stage. This visit to Jubilee, recorded in the summer of 2001 at the W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY, is no exception.

Between their wonderfully raucous music and Ed’s flying leaps, duck-walking through the audience, and sliding across the stage on his knees, it’s no wonder the Boston Globe called Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials “the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”