The Blue Olives Are Back … Tonight!

The Blue Olives are back, rocking the Harmony Bar with their signature brand of blues, funk and pop. The band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and we asked founder, guitarist and vocalist Dave Turner to reflect on then and now. The band is twenty years old now. What does that feel like? It’s ironic because today one of my children turned twenty so it puts it into perspective. We started as a three-piece band. I had come off of the idea of playing in bands and bars. I was getting married. I was opening a recording studio. Then[…]

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Ed Williams: King of the Gutbucket Blues

Ed Williams, the veteran Chicago slide guitarist, singer and songwriter, formed Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials in 1975 and hasn’t stopped rocking the blues since. The band has released eight albums and won The Blues Foundation’s “Blues Music Award for Band of the Year” in both 2007 and 2009 and the Best Live Band Award in the 2011 Living Blues Critics’ Poll. When we caught up with Lil’ Ed, he was “messing around in his studio,” but he took a break to share with us why he loves to play the blues, his inspiration and greatest memories, and a[…]

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