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Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials are celebrating the release of their new CD with a show Saturday at The Mission in Jefferson City.

Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials are celebrating the release of their new CD with a show Saturday at The Mission in Jefferson City.

Blues fans who want to hear some old-school Chicago rhythms can get their fix by heading over to The Mission on Saturday night, where Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials will be celebrating the release of their new CD, “Jump Start,” with a high octane performance.

Led by Lil’ Ed Williams, the band — which has been together for 25 years — features the musical expertise of bassist James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton. Young is also Williams’ younger brother, and the two men have been playing together since they were kids.

Recently Williams received a 2013 Blue Music Award nomination for Traditional Male Blues Artist and the band was nominated for Band of the Year. The group also won the 2009 Band of the Year Blues Music Award.

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