The rawest Chicago blues being made today. Ed stokes the up-tempo tracks to a white-hot intensity and the tough, slow blues even hotter. A touch of barrelhouse piano and raucous horns add to the fun, while The Blues Imperials match Ed step for step, pushing him to the best performances of his career. "They blow down the walls. Dim the lights, turn up the stereo, and let the house party begin" -- GUITAR PLAYER
Michael Garrett, Guitar & Background Vocals (Mike Garrett plays the first
solo on "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" and the intro and fills on "My Baby Moves Me")
James “Pookie” Young, Bass & Background Vocals
Kelly Littleton, Drums
Johnny Iguana, Piano & Organ
Eddie McKinley, Tenor Sax
David Basinger, Baritone Sax
(Eddie McKinley & David Basinger perform as members of the Diplomats of Solid Sound)
Produced by Bruce Iglauer and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Recorded and mixed at Joyride Studios, Chicago, IL by Blaise Barton
Mastered by Dan Stout and Bruce Iglauer at Colossal Mastering, Chicago, IL
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec
Photos by Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve
Alligator logo by Michael Trossman
Special thanks to Jimmy Vivino for the official J.B. Hutto Airline guitar and to Mark Baier of Gretsch and Victoria amplifiers,
Ed thanks: God for all good things in life, Pamela, his family, Bruce Iglauer and the staff at Alligator Records, his band members who have been with him for more than 20 years and Intrepid Artists. Kudos to Lorri for song material.
Pookie thanks: my wife Renee, Charon, Jamice, Allen, Willie and Sabrina. Mike thanks: Lisa, Julianna, Michael, D and J, Suzy, Deidre, Joe Charles, Kona, for years of inspiration, strength and courage, Peter Hix and Hix Brothers Music, Dean Markley Strings, Mesa Amplifiers and blues fans, societies and clubs everywhere.
Kelly thanks: my sweet Monalise, Bonnie Littleton, Bro Zach and Kristi, Mike Newberry, Bruce and the Alligator crew, Rick Booth and Intrepid Artists, Big Daddy Chuck, Daddy Henry Jones! and Willie D Warren for the wisdom.