Little Ed Williams & Willie Kent – Who’s Been Talking
This new recording features the rare combination of guitarist Lil Ed and bassist Willie Kent, both renowned on the Chicago blues scene for the energy, tightness, and durability of their distinctive West Side sounds. Lil Ed inherited the mantle of his uncle and mentor, J.B. Hutto, and absorbed the style of his idol Elmore James to carry on the tradition of raw, electric style slide guitar, wide-mouth vocals, and flamboyant stage antics.
Willie Kent has been a mainstay of the Windy City club scene for forty years, known for his tight, rock-solid band, his deep blues vocals, and bass, Lil Ed and keyboardists Allen Bates used to sit in with Willie and the other musicians on this record - fleet-fingered guitarist Eddie C. Campbell and drummer Baldhead Pete.
This record features a slew of previously unrecorded tunes by Ed and Willie, some lesser-known chestnuts from their influences, Muddy, Howlin' Wolf, and Elmore, and some Chicago soul thrown in for good measure.
1. Who's Been Talking? - 3:13 2. Someday - 5:42 3. Bobby's Rock - 4:05 4. As the Years Go Passing By - 4:50 5. My Bleeding Heart - 4:49 6. The Ghetto - 4:34 7. Newspaper Blues - 4:35 8. Going Shopping - 5:30 9. I Wanna Get Married - 5:06 10. Your Love Is so Strong - 3:43 11. My Life, My Love - 3:26 12. Bird Nest on the Ground - 3:44
Willie Kent (bass, vocals on 1,4,5,6,9,11) , Lil Ed Williams (slide, rhythm, lead lead guitars, vocals on 2 ,7, 8,10,12) , Eddie C. Campbell (lead, rhythm guitar) , Allen Batts (piano, Hammond B3 organ) , Cleota 'Baldhead Pete' Williams (drums)
1. AllMusic - Scott Yanow
This blues-oriented set has the feel of a jam session. Bassist Willie Kent and Lil Ed Williams split the vocals on a date that features contrasting guitar voices in the relatively clean Eddie C. Campbell and the more distorted playing of Williams; both have plenty of solo space. Pianist Allen Batts and drummer Baldhead Pete Williams are quite solid behind the lead voices who get to stretch out on the basic but highly appealing material. Who's Been Talking, which includes songs by Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James and J.B. Hutto in addition to the newer songs, is easily recommended to modern blues collectors.
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