Who’s Been Talking

“An album of pure authentic Chicago blues…a potent combination of veteran talent. Muddy and Wolf would approve of this one.” – Real...


  • This record features a slew of previously unrecorded tunes written by Lil’ Ed and Willie Kent, plus some lesser-known chestnuts from their influences, Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James, and some Chicago soul thrown in for good measure. On the Willie Kent vocal tracks Eddie C. Campbell plays lead guitar and Lil’ Ed plays rhythm, and on Ed’s vocal tracks he plays lead while Eddie C. plays rhythm guitar. The much in-demand session keyboardist Allen Batts plays acoustic piano and Hammond organ, and Cleotha “Bald Head Pete” Williams plays drums. Willie Kent plays bass on all tracks. This is some of the most passionate singing on record by Willie Kent, way too under-recognized as a vocalist.

    “An album of pure authentic Chicago blues…a potent combination of veteran talent. Muddy and Wolf would approve of this one.” – Real Blues

    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
  • Release Date: November 10, 1998

    Produced by Michael Robert Frank

    © P 1998 Earwig Music Company, Inc.


    Willie Kent – bass, vocals on tracks 1,4,5,6,9,11
    Lil Ed Williams – rhythm guitar on tracks 1,4,5,6,9,11, lead guitar and vocals on tracks 2,7,8,10,12
    Eddie C. Campbell – lead guitar on tracks 1,4,5,6,9,11, rhythm guitar on tracks 2,7,8,10,12
    Allen Batts – acoustic piano, Hammond B3 organ
    Cleotha “Baldhead Pete” Williams – drums

    Writers and publishers on tracks:
    1 Chester Burnett, Arc Music Corp.
    3 Elmore James, Arc Music Corp.
    4 Don Robey, MCA, with additional music, lyrics and arrangement by Willie Kent
    5 Elmore James, Marshall Sehorn, Arc Music Corp./Rhinelander Music. Inc.
    6 Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hudson APRS/Don-Pow Music
    7 J.B. Hutto, exact title and publisher unknown
    12 Monk Higgins, Maurice Dollison, Arc Music Corp.
    9,11 Willie Kent, Earwig Music, administered by BMG Music
    2,8,10 Lil Ed Williams, Earwig Music, administered by BMG Music

    Recorded June 23 & 24, 1998 and mixed by Paul Serrano, Delmark Recording Studio
    Edited and mastered by Jim Godsey, Streeterville Studios; Assistant engineering by Jonathan “J.B.” Gilmore
    Photography: Chuck Winans – front cover; James Fraher – back cover
    Graphic design by Terran Doehrer, Earth Star Graphics, Evanston, Illinois