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In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years –an extraordinary feat for any group.
The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets.
Read Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials’ BIO.
Listen to their MUSIC.
See them near you on TOUR.

 


THEY SAID…

Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues… Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire… slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona.
— Chicago Tribune

Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity… Swirling, snarling, riveting slide… The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice.  Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping.
— Living Blues

Hard-driving, house-rocking Chicago blues… raucous, blistering, gut-bucket slide. It rocks and rattles and hums… a great performance.
— Grant Britt, No Depression

Hard-driving… raw-edged exuberance and considerable emotional complexity. His slide can make his guitar scream like an outraged panther, moan like a hell-bound soul in torment and act the fool like a trickster, often over the course of a single song. His single string work combines post-B.B. string-bending with a raw, focused intensity. Lil’ Ed is a blues roots man and both traditionalists and contemporary-minded blues lovers with big ears should savor what’s here.
— David Whiteis, Living Blues

Outrageous Chicago blues slide-guitar… Piping hot energy… forceful… A star of the first magnitude.
— Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat

What’s not to like about the raucous sound of Chicago slide guitar maestro Ed Williams and his long serving trio? Great music that often seems spontaneous will have you bopping like crazy. Superlative guitar and piercing slow-burn slide will surely gain your immediate attention. Enthusiastic and passionate.
— Mike Stephenson, Blues & Rhythm

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News

A new website for Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Award-winning blues legends Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials debut their band new website at www.Liledblues.com. At the site, fans can read the very latest, most up-to-the-minute news about the band,…

“Enjoyed Lil’ Ed
on Beale Street”

Celebrated the father’s 70th birthday with a trip to Memphis this weekend and enjoyed Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials at The Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street. – By…

“Riotous, rollicking, intensely
emotional blues”

Currently celebrating 30 history-making years together, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials (…] ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor’s edge. Mixing smoking slide…

Chicago Tribune: “More fiery
and energetic every year”

The only question for Chicago blues fans in January, is which Buddy Guy show to pick during the 81-year-old guitar hero’s annual run at his South Loop nightclub, Legends. One way to…

“Foot-tapping,
body-swaying blues”

Lil’ Ed Willams and his Blues Imperials are planning dinner, musically speaking, for the Center for Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. Just listen to a few of their song titles: Chicken,…

Lil’ Ed part of the Windy City
Live celebration

As part of WCL’s Chicago Music Series, we celebrated Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials 30th anniversary of performing together. They sang their classic Poor Man’s Song. Full performance to…

TOUR

  • 23
    Jun
    LEBANON, OH
    RHYTHM & BREWS FESTIVAL
    Miami Valley Gaming
    6000 SR 63
  • 28
    Jun
    BOLINGBROOK, IL
    THE PROMENADE
    Rock Bottom
    Sunset Concert Series
    631 E Boughton Rd
  • 29
    Jun
    CHICAGO, IL
    KINGSTON MINES
    2548 N Halsted St
    773-477-4647
  • 30
    Jun
    CHICAGO, IL
    KINGSTON MINES
    2548 N Halsted St
    773-477-4647
  • 01
    Jul
    GRIFFITH, IN
    BROAD STREET
    BLUES AND BBQ
    FESTIVAL
  • 06
    Jul
    LINCOLN, NE
    ZOOFEST 2018
  • 11
    Jul
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI
    97LAV SUMMERTIME
    BLUES CONCERT SERIES
    The DeltaPlex Arena
    2500 Turner Ave NW
    616-364-9000
More TOUR dates.
In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years –an extraordinary feat for any group.
The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets.
Read Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials’ BIO.
Listen to their MUSIC.
See them near you on TOUR.

 


THEY SAID…

Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues… Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire… slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona.
— Chicago Tribune

Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity… Swirling, snarling, riveting slide… The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice.  Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping.
— Living Blues

Hard-driving, house-rocking Chicago blues… raucous, blistering, gut-bucket slide. It rocks and rattles and hums… a great performance.
— Grant Britt, No Depression

Hard-driving… raw-edged exuberance and considerable emotional complexity. His slide can make his guitar scream like an outraged panther, moan like a hell-bound soul in torment and act the fool like a trickster, often over the course of a single song. His single string work combines post-B.B. string-bending with a raw, focused intensity. Lil’ Ed is a blues roots man and both traditionalists and contemporary-minded blues lovers with big ears should savor what’s here.
— David Whiteis, Living Blues

Outrageous Chicago blues slide-guitar… Piping hot energy… forceful… A star of the first magnitude.
— Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat

What’s not to like about the raucous sound of Chicago slide guitar maestro Ed Williams and his long serving trio? Great music that often seems spontaneous will have you bopping like crazy. Superlative guitar and piercing slow-burn slide will surely gain your immediate attention. Enthusiastic and passionate.
— Mike Stephenson, Blues & Rhythm

Read more QUOTES

 


 

News

A new website for Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Award-winning blues legends Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials debut their band new website at www.Liledblues.com. At the site, fans can read the very latest, most up-to-the-minute news about the band,…

“Enjoyed Lil’ Ed
on Beale Street”

Celebrated the father’s 70th birthday with a trip to Memphis this weekend and enjoyed Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials at The Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street. – By…

“Riotous, rollicking, intensely
emotional blues”

Currently celebrating 30 history-making years together, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials (…] ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor’s edge. Mixing smoking slide…

Chicago Tribune: “More fiery
and energetic every year”

The only question for Chicago blues fans in January, is which Buddy Guy show to pick during the 81-year-old guitar hero’s annual run at his South Loop nightclub, Legends. One way to…

“Foot-tapping,
body-swaying blues”

Lil’ Ed Willams and his Blues Imperials are planning dinner, musically speaking, for the Center for Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. Just listen to a few of their song titles: Chicken,…

Lil’ Ed part of the Windy City
Live celebration

As part of WCL’s Chicago Music Series, we celebrated Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials 30th anniversary of performing together. They sang their classic Poor Man’s Song. Full performance to…

Discover all the MUSIC.

VIDEOS

TOUR

  • 23
    Jun
    LEBANON, OH
    RHYTHM & BREWS FESTIVAL
    Miami Valley Gaming
    6000 SR 63
  • 28
    Jun
    BOLINGBROOK, IL
    THE PROMENADE
    Rock Bottom
    Sunset Concert Series
    631 E Boughton Rd
  • 29
    Jun
    CHICAGO, IL
    KINGSTON MINES
    2548 N Halsted St
    773-477-4647
  • 30
    Jun
    CHICAGO, IL
    KINGSTON MINES
    2548 N Halsted St
    773-477-4647
  • 01
    Jul
    GRIFFITH, IN
    BROAD STREET
    BLUES AND BBQ
    FESTIVAL
  • 06
    Jul
    LINCOLN, NE
    ZOOFEST 2018
  • 11
    Jul
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI
    97LAV SUMMERTIME
    BLUES CONCERT SERIES
    The DeltaPlex Arena
    2500 Turner Ave NW
    616-364-9000
More TOUR dates.