Get Wildby Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
"Genuine Houserockin' Music" has been the motto of Alligator Records since label founder Bruce Iglauer opened shop with a Hound Dog Taylor release nearly three decades ago. Today that slogan still rings loud and clear in the recordings of Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. Fronted by J.B. Hutto's nephew, Ed Williams, the Blues Imperials rock the blues with the fervor of a house party on the night an eviction notice is served. And the band's new CD, GET WILD!, is intense enough to drive even the meanest slumlord to his knees. Lil' Ed's signature slide guitar, industrial and squealing, opens the set with "Singing Slide," testifying to the get-down, good times in the music. But couched in the enthusiastic drive of "Singing Slide," "You Got to Stop," and "The Monkey and the Rabbit" are true blues cuts like Hutto's chillling "Too Late," which Lil' Ed interprets like a funeral dirge for a dying relationship. The band also pay tribute to Hutto with a cover of his sexually salacious "Pet Cream Man." But the bulk of the material comes straight from Lil' Ed, whose blues are modern enough to praise women's liberation on "Independent Superwoman" and ancient enough to tell of the dark side of his own life on "Change My Way of Living."
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