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Lil’ Ed Williams Featured In Interview With James VanOsdol On Rivet News Radio

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For immediate release: Monday, December 23, 2013

Press release

Chicago Bluesman Lil’ Ed Next Guest On Rivet Radio’s ‘Open Mic’ Arts Program

Chicago – An exclusive interview with slide guitarist, Lil’ Ed Williams, is the next installment on Rivet News Radio’s recently launched signature program Open Mic, a series focused on the Chicago arts community, hosted by veteran Chicago journalist and Rivet Radio news team member James VanOsdol.

Host VanOsdol, whose radio career was in part defined by his commitment to the Chicago music scene through shows like “Local 101″ (WKQX) and “Local Zone” (WZZN), invites members of Chicago’s arts community – from music to theater, to literature and dance – to take the stage and open up about their work and careers on the new radio program, Open Mic.

“The blues is a huge part of Chicago’s identity, and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials is one of the scene’s most identifiable bands. Before his upcoming gig at Buddy Guy’s Legends, Lil’ Ed talks with us about blues history, his high and low points, and how to keep the blues alive,” VanOsdol said.

Open Mic is one of four Rivet Radio signature programs featuring original content with new episodes scheduled weekly. VanOsdol is a 20-year veteran of Chicago media, including WKQX-FM, WZZN-FM and WXRT-FM. He’s also an author, podcaster, digital evangelist and music lover.

“The Open Mic signature program contributes excellent, exclusive content and interviews, hosted by an expert journalist with a deep knowledge of the arts – providing insights listeners can hear only on Rivet Radio,” said Charlie Meyerson, Rivet Radio’s head of news.

To hear the Open Mic signature program, download the free app on your iPhone click here, then search “Open Mic.”

About Lil’ Ed

Lil’ Ed and his blistering Blues Imperials – bassist James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton – deliver the blues on the biggest international concert stages. Currently celebrating 24 rip-roaring years together, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor’s edge, continuing to make blues history with each performance and new recording. For more information visit: and on Facebook: Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials .


About HearHere Radio

HearHere Radio is an angel-stage venture providing Internet radio services. It’s funded by its founder, friends and strategic investors and led by a team experienced in pioneering “what’s next.” HearHere Radio’s core product is “Rivet News Radio,” an Internet radio news application and platform delivering personalized local, national and world news. The Rivet News Radio app is currently available for the iPhone. Download the app here: For more information visit