Personalities | Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1975–present)

Chicago native Ed Williams learned slide guitar from his uncle, renowned bluesman J.B. Hutto. During the early years of the Blues Imperials, flamboyant frontman Ed continued working at his day job in a local car wash, but by the early 1980s the band had established a substantial regional following. Their 1986 Alligator Records debut, Roughhousin’, and 1989 follow-up, Chicken Gravy & Biscuits, are prime examples of their raucous, rough-edged party music, in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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