The Chicago foursome draws heavily upon the hard-edged character that typifies classic Windy City blues. If the best blues performers are personalities first, the extroverted Ed, a slide guitarist and vocalist, makes the cut. It's seldom far into a set before he makes his way off the stage and rousts the troops from the tables to the dance floor. Those nursing brews at the bar are not immune. Ed's been known to duckwalk his way around the glasses and tips. As a player, he showcases the tutelage of his late uncle, J.B. Hutto, a pioneer of the electrified Delta sound that anchored Chicago blues. Ed and band are long overdue for a new release. 2002's Heads Up! is a rockin' set that remains his most recent, but a CD is just the second-best way to catch this cat.