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, ranging from the non-stop boogie blast of "If You Were Mine" to the heart-on-his-sleeve honesty of "Life Is A Journey" to the bouncing and jazzy "Jump Right In" to the swaggering, autobiographical "Musical Mechanical Electrical Man."
Chicago slide guitar master Lil' Ed Williams and his blistering, road-tested band, The Blues Imperials - guitarist Mike Garrett, bassist James "Pookie" Young and drummer Kelly Littleton - are celebrating an amazing 25 years together. They put on some of the rawest, truest, most electrifying blues being made today. A show not to be missed!
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