The Big Sound Of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
An album absolutely bursting with Lil' Ed's rollicking slide-work and raw-boned vocals on a joyous blend of burning boogies, romping shuffles and heart-stopping slow blues. The ever-ready Blues Imperials continue to be his perfect sidekicks, laying down greasy, percolating grooves with reckless precision. "Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues...Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire...slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona." –Chicago Tribune
All songs Eyeball Music, BMI except as shown
Lil’ Ed Williams: Lead Guitar and Vocals
Michael Garrett: Rhythm and Lead* Guitar
James “Pookie” Young: Bass
Kelly Littleton: Drums
Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi: Keyboards
Produced by Ed Williams and Bruce Iglauer
All songs arranged by Ed Williams
Recorded and mixed by Blaise Barton at Joyride Studios, Chicago, IL
Additional mixing by James Conroy
Mastered by Collin Jordan and Bruce Iglauer at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL
Photos by Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec
Booking: Intrepid Artists, (704) 358-4777, email@example.com, intrepidartists.com
Ed Williams thanks: God for giving me the talent and ability to make the music; Pamela for songwriting and taking care of me; my fans for enjoying the music; Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records for producing; Blaise Barton for recording the music; and Rick Booth and Intrepid Artists for their special consideration in putting tours together. I’m grateful to Delores Gerken and Jeremy Alexander for song inspiration, Ariyo for his keyboard skills and Rick Gottlieb for the Firebrand and Epiphone guitars.
Michael Garrett thanks: Mrs. Lisa Wolancevich—without you, nothing would be possible; Julianna Wolancevich; Michael Garrett Wolancevich Jr.; my Guardian Angel; my friends and fans who have/had my back in dark times; Bruce and Co. at Alligator Records—I love you guys; Pookie Blanco; Hix Brothers Music, Aurora, IL; Demont Guitars, Oswego, IL; Eric Cocco and LaBella Strings.
James Young thanks: Bruce Iglauer and the Alligator staff, for all their support; Rick Booth and the Interpid Artists staff for keeping us on the map. I would like to thank my wife Karen for putting up with me for 30 years, and my children and grands for their love and support. Thanks also go out to the Twiggs and Nesbritt families, and my grandmother Robbie Young Patton and son-in-law Terry Spearmint. P.S. A big thanks to all the Ed Heads and fans because without you, there would be no us.
Kelly Littleton thanks: Monalise, Beckett, Bonnie, Zach, Larry, cousin Ronn, Dana, Beatrix, Casey, Aryio, Mike Scharf, Tom Holland, Henry J and extra love to everyone responsible for the Lucerne Blues Festival.