Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials | FULL PERFORMANCE on BackStage Pass | WKAR

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials | FULL PERFORMANCE on BackStage Pass | WKAR


(audience cheering) (rhythmic hard rock music) (electricity buzzing) (driving electric blues music) – So we’re at BluesFest,
and it’s in Old Town. I personally love
Old Town a lot. (driving electric blues music) – I love it. Everybody’s just so friendly,
and I love the atmosphere. There is a ton of food. You probably won’t starve. – Good stuff. – [Woman] There’s
a bunch of shops and great places to walk around. (driving electric blues music) – The atmosphere is
absolutely amazing. There’s food vendors, jewelry
vendors, clothes vendors. Quite a few people out today. – And it’s vibrant right now. There are people walking around, eating food, jamming to music. (driving electric blues music) – Tonight is a great
night for blues. The weather is perfect. It’s just pretty out. It’s always a good
night for blues. (audience cheering) – [Announcer] Ladies
and gentlemen, please welcome Lil’ Ed
and the Blues Imperials. – How y’all doin’ out there? Are you ready to
party a little bit? (“Poor Man’s Song” by Lil’
Ed & the Blues Imperials) ♪ Up and down
through the night ♪ ♪ Tell you, I’m glad
to see daylight ♪ ♪ Tossin’ and turnin’
all night long ♪ ♪ Tryin’ hard to
make it on home ♪ ♪ ‘Cause my friends
and loved ones ♪ ♪ Don’t wanna hear
a poor man’s song ♪ ♪ Through my trials
and tribulations ♪ ♪ I reached out to my
neighbor for a helping hand ♪ ♪ They all laughed in my face ♪ I don’t know, I think
they didn’t understand ♪ ♪ With my friends
I feel misused ♪ ♪ Sittin’ on the corner
cryin’ the poor man’s blues ♪ ♪ I walk the
streets day by day ♪ ♪ I take any job for any pay ♪ Can’t believe all
the money I spent ♪ ♪ Look like the pawnbroker
is my only friend ♪ ♪ When I try to
make it on my own ♪ ♪ Standin’ on the corner
crying’ the poor man’s song ♪ ♪ Livin’ in this world of hell ♪ I got so much love to
give, that’s no joke ♪ ♪ I’m talkin’ ’bout my
poor man condition ♪ ♪ Well, I’m not gonna get a
postcard from my own folks ♪ ♪ When I try to
make it on my own ♪ ♪ Standing’ on the corner
cryin’ the poor man’s song ♪ ♪ Won’t somebody
please help me ♪ ♪ Well, I feel so bad, so bad ♪ Sing my own lil’
poor man’s song ♪ ♪ Please help me ♪ Yeah ♪ Yeah (audience cheering) We thank you. (driving electric blues music) The blues is a feeling: fun, happiness,
sadness, and life. (electric guitar music) My name is Ed. I’m the lead singer. They call me Lil’ Ed, and the name of the band is
Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials. (drum music) – I’m Kelly Littleton,
and I’m the drummer, 29 years with Lil’ Ed
and the Blues Imperials. I came up in Detroit, so I played around Detroit
with Willie D. Warren and just about all the
blues guys in Detroit through about the mid-’80s. – When I was coming up, my family used to play
a lot of blues music. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker was another
one of my favorites. I got into singing by watching
my uncle, J. B. Hutto. He would take us out to his
shows, and we’d watch him play, and he’d come
around to the house, and he’d play for my aunts
and my uncles as well. (driving electric blues music) James Young, that is my brother. He’s been playing
with me all my life, so we growed up together. Uncle J. B. taught me, I
showed him the bass lines, and we took it from there. ♪ ‘Cause when I tell
you that I love you ♪ ♪ Want you to know
that it’s true ♪ – Our uncle was a big influence, and we had drums and guitars, and there was three strings
left on one of our guitars, and he tuned them up and started playing
Elmore James on it. (bass guitar music) So him and Ed
started working out the arrangements we
were being taught, and I was like in
the background. Ed come back and showed
me the bass lines. (bass guitar music) I enjoy playing the blues. I growed up around it. I’ve been listening
to a lot of stuff: soul, and jazz, and country. By that being the most musical area around us, it kinda captured me. – I met Kelly through my
rhythm player, Mike Garrett. He introduced me to Kelly,
’cause we was getting ready, we were starting to
look for a drummer, and the thing I liked
about Kelly was, when I first seen him, he was playing at a
festival with another band, and I thought to myself, well, you know, this guy’s
pretty cool, he’s pretty good, so I asked him to
come to the next gig that we were playing at, and he showed up, and he had this little
tiny set of Rogers drums. This was the smallest set I ever seen in my life.
– It’s like a jazz set. You know, small dimensions. – And me and my brother,
we looked at each other, and I said, Who is this? This guy’s walking up here with this little, bitty,
tiny kid drum set (laughs) and he said, “Yeah.” He said, “Wow, what is
he gonna sound like?” And I kicked off a shuffle, and Kelly was the loudest
thing on stage, (laughs) and that impressed me, so that’s how we
actually got together, but he’s been with
me ever since. You doin’ all right out there? – Yeah!
(audience cheering) – Wanna keep on rollin’? Little thing gonna roll
on you called Candy Sweet. (“Candy Sweet” by Lil’
Ed & the Blues Imperials) (“Candy Sweet” by Lil’
Ed & the Blues Imperials) ♪ I got a little girl ♪ She’s candy sweet ♪ Got a little girl ♪ She’s candy sweet ♪ She tastes like sugar ♪ From her head to her feet ♪ That little girl ♪ She’s fine and round ♪ My little girl ♪ She’s fine and round ♪ We have a ball ♪ All over this town ♪ Little girl, little girl ♪ You rock my world ♪ Little girl, little girl ♪ You rock my world ♪ Like a leaf in the wind ♪ You make me twirl ♪ I got a little girl ♪ She’s candy sweet ♪ Got a little girl ♪ She’s candy sweet ♪ She tastes like sugar ♪ From her head to her feet ♪ Little girl, little girl ♪ You rock my world ♪ Little girl, little girl ♪ You rock my world ♪ Like a leaf in the wind ♪ You make me twirl ♪ Hey (audience cheering) We thank you. We thank you. Y’all doin’ all right? – Yeah!
(audience cheering) – Are you having fun? You know, we can do this
all night long, you know. (laughs) We got another one
from the new CD called Whiskey Flavored Tears. (“Whiskey Flavored Tears” by
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials) ♪ Feel so bad ♪ Tell you, I’m
feelin’ mighty low ♪ ♪ Drinkin’ and cryin’ ♪ Tell you, I’m
feelin’ mighty low ♪ ♪ Well, I woke up this morning ♪ With whiskey-flavored
tears on my pillow ♪ ♪ I caught my baby cheating ♪ With another man
at my back door ♪ ♪ Whoo, caught that
woman cheating ♪ ♪ With another man
at my back door ♪ ♪ Well, you know,
it hurt me so bad ♪ ♪ I got whiskey-flavored
tears on my pillow ♪ ♪ I cried myself a river ♪ And you know how rivers flow ♪ I cried myself a river ♪ And you know how rivers flow ♪ Well, it flowed
into my bedroom ♪ ♪ The whiskey-flavored
tears on my pillow ♪ ♪ Drinkin’ and cryin’ ♪ Tell you, I’m
feelin’ mighty low ♪ ♪ Whoo, drinkin’ and cryin’ ♪ Tell you, I’m
feelin’ mighty low ♪ ♪ Well, I woke up this morning ♪ With whiskey-flavored
tears on my pillow ♪ (audience cheering) Are you with me? (electric guitar music) The blues is a part of me. It generated as I
was a kid, within me. It generated through my family. My family’s always
been into the blues, so I do believe the blues
is a part of me, yes. ♪ That I’m cryin’ for you I feel that the
blues is more of a it’s a story that you tell, that you’re talking
about your life, and others join in with it. (electric guitar music) – Blues is human emotions, human feelings put
into an art form. ♪ Well, she packed
up and left me ♪ ♪ She would not say
the reason why ♪ By listening to the blues,
and feeling the blues, it helps you deal with
your own problems. It helps me deal
with my problems. ♪ Well, it’s rainin’ in Paris ♪ It’s raining’ at the Louvre ♪ It’s rainin’ at the cafe
where I first met you ♪ People be happy, people be sad. People have lovers
that they leave him, be happy when they
lovers come back. It might be raining today, but the grass is growing and
the sun is shining tomorrow ♪ I want it to rain,
rain, rain all the time ♪ – It’s a bit of an escape
from problems and from life, by realizing that we’re
all pretty similar. – Are you ready? (audience cheering) Little thing we
call Troubled World. One, two, three, four. (“Troubled World” by Lil’
Ed & the Blues Imperials) (“Troubled World” by Lil’
Ed & the Blues Imperials) Wait a minute, say. ♪ We got so much trouble ♪ Trouble in this world today ♪ We got so much trouble ♪ Trouble in this world today ♪ I think it’s comin’ to a end ♪ That’s what the
Good Book say ♪ ♪ We got trouble ♪ Trouble in this world today ♪ So much trouble ♪ Trouble in this world today ♪ It might be comin’ to a end ♪ That’s what the
Good Book say ♪ ♪ Kids are hollerin’
at they parents ♪ ♪ Cussin’ and fussin’
all the time ♪ ♪ They’re hollerin’
at their parents ♪ ♪ Cussin’ and fussin’
all the time ♪ ♪ I tell you, I’m so thankful ♪ That I already raised mine ♪ The economy’s goin’ bad ♪ It’s hard to make
a dollar today ♪ ♪ The economy’s goin’ bad ♪ It’s hard to made
a dollar today ♪ ♪ I know some of us are glad ♪ To get a good
meal day by day ♪ ♪ Wait a minute, stop How about it for
Michael Garrett, y’all. (audience cheering) ♪ When the government
sees you strugglin’ ♪ ♪ He’s supposed to
help you through ♪ ♪ When the government
sees you strugglin’ ♪ ♪ They supposed to
pull you through ♪ ♪ But you get in their office ♪ You find that the
government is strugglin’ too ♪ ♪ We’ve got trouble ♪ Trouble in this world today ♪ We got so much trouble ♪ Trouble in this world today ♪ It might be comin’ to a end ♪ That’s what the
Good Book say ♪ (audience cheering) We got trouble, y’all. A lot of people ask me
where I get my fez from. Do you wanna know? (audience clapping) I ain’t gonna tell you. (laughs) My fez was generated from
my uncle, J. B. Hutto. Who-all know about J.
B. Hutto out there? Anybody out there know
about J. B. Hutto? Yeah, that was my uncle, and this is a
remembrance of him, but right now, we’re gonna
pick up the tempo a little bit. Do a little thing
called Hold That Train. (“Hold That Train” by Lil’
Ed & the Blues Imperials) ♪ Hold that train ♪ Got to ride it tonight ♪ Hold that train ♪ Got to ride it tonight ♪ Me and my baby ♪ Just had a big fight ♪ Hold that train ♪ Got to get on board ♪ Hold that train ♪ Got to get on board ♪ Yeah, the woman, she left me ♪ She left me this
time for sure ♪ ♪ Now, it was early
in the mornin’ ♪ ♪ ‘Bout the break of day ♪ I looked out the window ♪ She was sneakin’ away ♪ Hold that train ♪ Got to ride it tonight ♪ Me and my baby ♪ We had a big fight ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train, good God ♪ Got to ride it tonight ♪ Well, I love my baby ♪ Love her with all my heart ♪ Tell me somethin’, people ♪ Why we had to part ♪ Hold that train ♪ Got to ride it tonight ♪ Well, me and my baby ♪ We just had a big fight ♪ Well, I love that woman ♪ Love her with all my heart ♪ Tell me somethin’, people ♪ Why we had to part ♪ Hold that train ♪ Got to ride it tonight ♪ Well, me and my baby ♪ Just had a big fight ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train, good God ♪ Got to ride it tonight ♪ Hey ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train All aboard. Next stop, Chicago. (audience cheering) ♪ Hold that train ♪ Hold that train One, two, three, four! ♪ Hold that train (audience cheering) Yeah, man. – Ladies and
gentleman, how ’bout it for the one and only Lil’ Ed. (electric guitar music) – We’re doing this together. We’re all having a good time. We’re not thinking about
what’s the next song until it comes, and I think that’s a
good, surprising thing for us and the fans as well. – Ed on stage is very dynamic. Photogenic: all the
photographers love him ’cause of his facial
expressions and such. (driving electric blues music) You know, we’ve all gotten
older over the years, so we can’t quite do the
physical antics that we used to, but he used to run
around, do the splits, and jump off the stage, and
do all kinds of crazy stuff that we can’t really
do anymore, and– – Well, I can still
jump off the stage, now. – This is true, but
with a little more care. – That was cool, it
was fun, (laughs) but that’s when we were
in our 20s, now. (laughs) – Yeah, so it’s mostly
a very high-energy show. – Yeah, we’re trying
to keep it high energy much as we can now as
well, just like Kelly say. We are a little bit older, and it takes a little bit more
to do it, but we manage it. – We still do it. – We still do it, yeah. ♪ Let’s go – Lil’ Ed wears a fez
during our performances. We’re holding a torch for
his uncle, who’s J. B. Hutto. As far as I know, that’s
where it came from, but it’s the spirit of his
music that keeps us going, in a lot of ways. (driving electric blues music) – When I’m on
stage, I’m thinking, give ’em more, give
’em more, give more, ’cause I feed off the audience. The crazier they get, the
crazier I’m gonna get, and then sometimes I
get a little too crazy. I wake up with some backaches
the next morning. (laughs) (driving electric blues music) – When Lil’ Ed hits the stage, he’s a little dynamo of energy,
and it’s very contagious. It’s hard not to be happy
playing music next to that guy. ♪ Well, the chicken
on the stove ♪ ♪ And the gravy is gettin’ hot One of my favorite
songs to perform is our Chicken,
Gravy, and Biscuits. Oh, I wrote the song because my brother used
to eat a lot of chicken when we was on the road, and I felt like I should
write a song about it, and that’s how it came along. ♪ So hot, so hot – I’m fond of Chicken,
Gravy, and Biscuits because it was related
to me, about eating, about how delicious
the chicken is, and how good the biscuit
tastes with the gravy. You can sop it up, and that’s pretty
much it. (laughs) I ain’t going no
further with that one. (audience cheering) – We gonna keep you rockin’. We ain’t gonna slow
down till tomorrow (laughs) ’cause we
ain’t got time for that. Little thing, one
of my favorites. Are you hungry? (audience cheering) I wanna know, are you hungry? I can’t hear you. (audience cheering louder) Chicken, Gravy, and Biscuits. (“Chicken, Gravy & Biscuits”
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials) ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ I could eat ’em
all night long ♪ ♪ Well, the chicken
on the stove ♪ ♪ And the gravy is gettin’ hot ♪ So hot, so hot ♪ The chicken on the stove ♪ And the gravy is gettin’ hot ♪ So hot, so hot ♪ Hand me a few biscuits ♪ Tell you, I like it a lot ♪ Well, the chicken is ready ♪ And the gravy
is tastin’ good ♪ ♪ So good, so good ♪ The chicken is ready ♪ And the gravy
is tastin’ good ♪ ♪ So good, so good ♪ Hand me a few biscuits ♪ Tell you, I wish you would ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ I could eat ’em
all night long ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ I could eat ’em
all night long ♪ ♪ Well, the chicken is ready ♪ And the gravy
is tastin’ right ♪ ♪ So right, so right ♪ The chicken is ready ♪ And the gravy
is tastin’ nice ♪ ♪ So right, so right ♪ Hand me a few biscuits ♪ I can eat ’em all night ♪ I say, the chicken is ready ♪ And the gravy
is tasting’ good ♪ ♪ So good, so good ♪ Chicken is ready ♪ And the gravy
is tastin’ good ♪ ♪ So good, so good ♪ Hand me a few biscuits ♪ Tell you, I wish you would ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ I could eat ’em
all night long ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, and
gravy, and biscuits ♪ ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ Chicken, gravy, and biscuits ♪ I could eat ’em
all night long ♪ Chicken, buk-buk-buk-er
(laughs) gravy and biscuits. (audience cheering) (electric guitar music) All the songs basically
come from my heart. When I start writing, I’m in a whole different
mode in my life. I’m doing some real
heavy thinking. (electric guitar music) I kind of think about what’s
surrounding me in life. That’s what goes on in my head when I’m getting ready to write. I think about how I feel,
what’s going on within my life, if me and my wife had a
argument or something, I can come up with
something about that. She loves that, (laughs) and it’s basically about
everyday living for me, yeah. ♪ We got so much trouble ♪ Trouble in this world today When I’m writing, I have
to think about, like I say, past life and
future life as well. ♪ You’re drivin’ me insane One of the new ones is
Givin’ Up On Your Love. I started thinking about
an old-time used-to-be, and the problems I was
having at that time. That brought me to that decision
of giving up on your love. ♪ I said I’m givin’ up on you Well, I had this young lady that I was really in
love with, and she, um– – Easy now. – (laughs) and she she moved away. She moved away and took
everything that I owned, and I had to give up on her. I runned at her a long
time, and I just stopped, because I knew it
wasn’t gonna happen. Giving Up On Your Love, it speaks of a man that’s
giving up on a woman that’s giving him a
lot of pain and misery. (“Giving Up On Your Love” by
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials) ♪ I’m giving up on your love ♪ You’re drivin’ me insane ♪ Feel like I’m balled up ♪ Balled up in chains ♪ You stepped on my heart ♪ So I’ve gotta move ♪ I said, I’m givin’ up on you ♪ Well, I’m givin’ up on you’ ♪ I’m giving up on your love ♪ You’re denyin’ and cryin’ ♪ You lie all the time ♪ Swearin’ that you’re mine ♪ Stepped on my soul ♪ Ground it under your shoes ♪ I said I’m givin’ up on you ♪ Well, I’m givin’ up on you We thank you ladies
and gentlemen. We are the Blues Imperials
from Chicago, Illinois. (audience cheering) One more time, Michael Garrett. (audience cheering) James Pookie Young. (audience cheering) Mr. Kelly Littleton. (audience cheering) We thank you, God bless you,
we love you, I’m Lil’ Ed. We are the Blues Imperials
from Chicago, Illinois. (audience cheering) – How ’bout it
ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Lil’ Ed. (audience cheering) Alligator Records
recording artists Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials thanks you from the bottom
of our hearts, Lansing. (audience cheering) Yeah. Thank you. – One more time, how ’bout
it for Michael Garrett. (audience cheering) My baby brother, James
Pookie Young on bass guitar. (audience cheering) (snare drum rolling) Mr. Kelly Littleton
on drums, huh? (audience cheering) Are you having a
good time out here? (audience cheering) We’re gonna go way back now. (“Nothing I Wouldn’t Do” by
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials) ♪ Now, when I tell
you that I love you ♪ ♪ Want you to know
that it’s true ♪ ♪ I tell you that I need you ♪ Want you to know
that it’s true ♪ ♪ Ain’t nothing, pretty baby ♪ I wouldn’t do for you ♪ Now, when I see
you comin’, baby ♪ ♪ And I see your smilin’ face ♪ I see you comin’, baby ♪ And I see your smilin’ face ♪ I don’t have to worry ♪ Everything will
fall in place ♪ ♪ ‘Cause when I tell
you that I love you ♪ ♪ Want you to know
that it’s true ♪ ♪ I tell you that I need you ♪ Want you to know
that it’s true ♪ ♪ Ain’t nothin’, pretty baby ♪ I wouldn’t do for you ♪ Well, I’d fight 100 men ♪ Tell you, I’d rassle
a grizzly bear ♪ ♪ I’d fight 100 men ♪ Tell you, I’d rassle
a grizzly bear ♪ ♪ I’d do anything
for you, girl ♪ ♪ If you rub my fingers
through your hair ♪ ♪ ‘Cause when I tell
you that I love you ♪ ♪ Want you to know that it’s ♪ I tell you that I need you ♪ Want you to know that it’s ♪ Ain’t nothin’, pretty baby ♪ I wouldn’t do for you Come on, Kelly. Take me down, say. (audience clapping in rhythm) There ain’t nothin’ I
wouldn’t do for you. I’d fight a lion. Rassle a grizzly bear. Ain’t nothin’, just nothin’. We thank you ladies
and gentlemen. Have you had a good time? (audience cheering) Will you have us back again? (audience cheering) The Blues Imperials
from Chicago, Illinois. One, two, three, huh! (audience cheering) We thank you. Good night. (audience cheering)

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