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Interview:
Lil' Ed is still happy to have the blues
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Creating a new Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials album is not exactly rocket science -- a case in point being the group's latest, "Jump Start."

"Bruce (Iglauer, head of Alligator Records) just called and told me it was time to do another album," notes Lil' Ed Williams, 57, the Chicago-based singer and guitarist who was school in the blues by his uncle J.B. Hutto. "So me and my wife went to work; my wife writes a little bit, too, and helps me a lot. It's not very hard to do when you've got two people working at the same time.

"So we thought of some good grooves, put some words to it, and there it is. That's how we work pretty much every time."

"Jump Start" comes at a time Williams and his band are up for a pair of Blues Music Awards, though he still holds out hope that he'll "get that Grammy going one day soon." The album also includes a theme song of sorts in the track "Musical Mechanical Electrical Man," which Williams says was inspired by his 22-year-old daughter.

"I'm always around the house doing different things -- working on the car, in the kitchen," Williams explains. "She looked at me one day and said, 'You know, you're a musical, mechanical man, and I thought, 'I'm gonna write a song about that,' and there it is."

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $20 and $15. CAll 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

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