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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“Smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned shuffle”

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 guitar…

The North Atlantic Blues Festival “with style”

The 25th North Atlantic Blues Festival got off to a rousing start Saturday, July 14, under partly cloudy skies. Festival-goers enjoyed a light breeze, which kept things cooler than in…

“Big sound, big entertainment, lots of fun”

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials (3:15 p.m.) is known for big sound — and big entertainment. Expect great Chicago blues and lots of on-stage, and in-audience, fun. Lil’Ed & The…

“Most accomplished, longest running Chicago blues band”

Celebrating their 30th year, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have established themselves as one of the most accomplished, longest-running Chicago blues bands of all time. The group released eight…

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials nominated for a Living Blues Award

ALLIGATOR RECORDS, June 20, 2018 — Living Blues magazine has announced the nominees for the 2018 Living Blues Readers’ Awards. Eight Alligator Records artists received a total of 12 nominations. Rick Estrin &…

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,…

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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

Read more QUOTES

 


 

News

“Smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned shuffle”

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 guitar…

The North Atlantic Blues Festival “with style”

The 25th North Atlantic Blues Festival got off to a rousing start Saturday, July 14, under partly cloudy skies. Festival-goers enjoyed a light breeze, which kept things cooler than in…

“Big sound, big entertainment, lots of fun”

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials (3:15 p.m.) is known for big sound — and big entertainment. Expect great Chicago blues and lots of on-stage, and in-audience, fun. Lil’Ed & The…

“Most accomplished, longest running Chicago blues band”

Celebrating their 30th year, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have established themselves as one of the most accomplished, longest-running Chicago blues bands of all time. The group released eight…

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials nominated for a Living Blues Award

ALLIGATOR RECORDS, June 20, 2018 — Living Blues magazine has announced the nominees for the 2018 Living Blues Readers’ Awards. Eight Alligator Records artists received a total of 12 nominations. Rick Estrin &…

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,…

VIDEOS