Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials bring Chicago blues to Hartford
By Joan Hunt - Managing Editor
Region - posted Fri., Feb. 18, 2011
If you are an aficionado of the real “old-school” Chicago blues, slide on down to Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford on Feb. 24 to hear – and dance to – Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials.
The band has performed multiple times on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and was named 2009 Blues Band of the Year, and Lil’ Ed has been singled out as Male Blues Artist of the Year and Best Live Performer by Living Blues magazine.
This group plays raw, raucous, rocking blues straight out of Chicago and they call themselves the “undisputed kings of hard-charging, slide-fueled blues.” Lil’ Ed’s uncle was the great Chicago slide guitarist J. B. Hutto.
This year is the 40th anniversary of their label, Alligator Records, and for the occasion the band is releasing a 40th anniversary collection, featuring the classic title that started it all: Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers, along with other selections. The release of this collection is scheduled for Feb. 22, just prior to their Hartford gig.
Black Eyed Sally’s is located at 350 Asylum St. Call 860-268-7427 for more information.
There will be a $12 cover charge to hear Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials.