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Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials - Full TiltLil Ed and the Blues Imperials - Full Tilt

Recorded mixed and mastered in Chicago in summer of 2008 and yet another in the terrific releases by Alligator Records. The slide guitar player Ed Williams, aka Lil' Ed, is continuing a family tradition as he tours and records with his band mates of 25 years, the Blues Imperials. Williams' uncle, Chicago blues great J.B. Hutto, is a major influence on his career. 14 great cuts on this great CD. This CD inspires me to coin the expression “Chi-town Blues” as I see it as an iconic style of blues much like Delta Blues is iconic.

Lil’ Ed Williams on Guitar and Lead Vocals
Michael Garrett on Lead Guitar and Background Vocals
James “Pookie” Young on Bass Guitar and Background Vocals
Kelly Littleton on Drums
Johnny Iguana on Piano and Organ
David Basinger on Baritone Sax

The tracks are:
1 – Hold That Train – hard drivin’ “Chi-town Blues”
2 – Housekeeping Job – follows the first track perfectly keep it up Ed
3 – Don’t Call Me –Chi-town Blues at its best
4 – Check My Baby’s Oil – Slow it down its still a groove
5 – First I Look At The Purse – Great production on this cut good rythems
6 - Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Put on your hi heeled sneakers and rock to this
7 – Life Got In The Way – “gimme a cig and a beer I got the blues” down and dirty like
8 – Candy Sweet – bring me back up with a great rockin’ blues beat
9 – Woman, Take A Bow – a Frankinstien beat blues that cries with the slide - outa sight
10 – My Baby Moves Me – “Pookie” on Bass drivin’ this down the road
11 – Dying To Live – great little easy blues thing
12 – Open Invitation – here is the shuffle blues thing needed to “stick the landing”
13 – Every Man Needs A Good Woman – slow, sexy, ‘nuff said
14 – Take Five – now let’s rock on out of here with the fast Chi-town blues shuffle

Later gator.
Jim “Gator” Kottmeier
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