The return of one of Alligator's best-loved, heaviest touring, hardest-houserockin' bands ever, with plenty of Lil Ed's incendiary slide and rough, passionate vocals. "The world's #1 houserockin' band"--BOSTON GLOBE
Ed Williams, Guitar and Vocals
Michael Garrett, Guitar and Background Vocals
James "Pookie" Young, Bass and Background Vocals
Kelly Littleton, Drums and Percussion
Produced by Bruce Iglauer
Recorded and mixed by David Axelbaum at SoundDog Recording Studios, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Bruce Iglauer and Jeff Hillman at Monster Disc, Chicago, IL
Photos by Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve
Design by Matthias Minde
Lil' Ed plays exclusively on Washburn Guitars
Lil' Ed would like to thank the Good Lord for giving me my talent, and Bruce and Nora and the staff at Alligator Records for giving me a chance to use my talent to record this new album. Thanks to my band members for sticking with me and Ursula, Ben, Deanna and Jennifer for keeping the home fires burning. A special thanks to my loving wife, Pamela, for giving me the incentive to turn my life around.
Kelly would like to thank Henry Jones, Jennifer Littleton, Bonnie and Zack, and Rockin' Johnny.
Pookie would like to thank Bruce and the staff of Alligator, his wife Renee and his kids.
Mike would like to thank Hicks Music, Rose and Ed, Lisa, Julliana and Diedra.
It feels great to welcome back to Alligator Records one of my very favorite bands, Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials. These guys perform exactly the kind of music that inspired me to found Alligator Records; their gloriously raw sound is in the great Chicago blues tradition. They walk proudly in the footsteps of our first artists, Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers, and those of Ed's slide slinging uncle, the late J. B. Hutto.
After the release of his last album, What You See Is What You Get, Lil' Ed Williams broke up the band, stayed home, and truly put his life together for the first time. His helpmate for the last two years has been his wonderful wife, Pamela, to whom this album is dedicated. This is the happiest time of Ed's life. The joy that Pam has brought him helped Ed bring The Blues Imperials back together, and overflows from every song on the album. Just because Ed has found personal happiness doesn't mean that the edge is gone from his music. Ed and the Blues Imperials have been called "the world's #1 house-rocking blues band," and their manic live energy still pours out every night on the bandstand, just as it does on this album.
As he says, "We want to see the people get wild!" This record is an invitation to do just that.
Other Releases by Lil' Ed And The Blues Imperials on Alligator:
ALCD 4749 -- Roughhousin'
ALCD 4772 -- Chicken, Gravy & Biscuits
ALCD 4808 -- What You See Is What You Get