Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

A befezed slide guitarist of roaring verve, Lil' Ed Williams mastered Chicago blues under the wing of his uncle J.B. Hutto, and has since become one of the music's essential showmen over the past quarter-century. Full Tilt, his band's latest on Alligator, brings his raw holler and badboy fretwork into the age of compression, but without any excess slickness or fuss—it feels like an especially vivid night at Famous Dave's.
Sat., June 6, 9 p.m., 2009

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