Lil' Ed Williams

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Lil' Ed Williams
Lil' Ed Williams and the Blues Imperials at the 2008 Ottawa Bluesfest (a).jpg
Lil' Ed Williams at the Ottawa Bluesfest in 2008.
Background information
Born (1955-04-18) April 18, 1955 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Chicago blues, electric blues, contemporary blues
Occupations Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active Early 1980s-present
Labels Alligator, Earwig Music
Associated acts Lil' Ed Williams and the Blues Imperials
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Lil' Ed Williams (born April 18, 1955, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. With his backing band, the Blues Imperials, slide guitarist Williams has built up a loyal following.[1]


Williams and his half-brother James "Pookie" Young, received childhood encouragement and tutelage from their uncle, J. B. Hutto, and by 1975 the half-siblings had formed the first version of the Blues Imperials.[1]

A decade later and Alligator Records offered them the chance to record for a forthcoming compilation album. In the event they cut a full album's worth of material that was released as Roughhousin' (1986).[2] They then appeared at music festivals and toured widely. Their second album release was entitled, Chicken, Gravy & Biscuits (1989), and their third LP, What You See is What You Get was issued in 1992. At this point the group disbanded, while Williams issued two solo albums; Keep On Walking, followed by Who's Been Talking (1998), the latter with Willie Kent.[1]

In 1999 the release of Get Wild marked the group's reunion, and has been followed in subsequent years with Heads Up (2002), Rattleshake (2006), and Full Tilt (2008) .[1]

In June 2008, Williams and the Blues Imperials appeared at the Chicago Blues Festival.[3] The same year Williams guested on Magic Slim's album, Midnight Blues. In June 2009, Williams appeared as a guest on the radio quiz game show, produced by Chicago Public Radio and National Public Radio, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

In 2013, Lil' Ed Williams and the Blues Imperials were nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Band' category.[4] They were nominated in the 'Band of the Year' category again in 2014.[5]


Lil' Ed Williams and the Blues Imperials[edit]

  • Roughhousin' (1986) - Alligator
  • Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits (1989) - Alligator
  • What You See is What You Get (1992) - Alligator
  • Get Wild (1999) - Alligator
  • Heads Up (2002) - Alligator
  • Rattleshake (2006) - Alligator
  • Full Tilt (2008) - Alligator[6]
  • Jump Start (2012) - Alligator


  • Keep on Walkin' (1996) - Earwig Music
  • Who's Been Talking (1998) - Earwig Music

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Sandra Brennan. "Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  2. ^ Eugene Chadbourne (1955-04-18). "Lil' Ed Williams | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27.