Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames! This is a killer veteran all-star, real
deal Chicago blues band at its house rockin’ best, led by the Hound Dog
Taylor and J. B. Hutto influenced guitarist/v RAMI WINNER FOR BEST BLUES BAND!!
Dave Weld born in Chicago, he was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78's. He moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter, Grant in the NY jazz scene. Dave also met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown. Weld drawn back to Chicago after hearing Howlin Wolf on the radio and found that he was welcome on the West side of Chicago (black hood). He started sitting in at clubs and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor's band, Brewer Phillips,Ted Harvey, at Sweet Peas on 43rd St. Philips and Harvey had been working with JB Hutto after Hound Dog's death, and came back to Chicago after breaking off with JB in Boston. Weld then moved on to the 1815 Club on W. Roosevelt, which was owned and operated by Eddie Shaw who had Howlin Wolf's band, the Wolf Pack. Dave stayed there and played in the band with Chico Chism, Lafayette Gilbert, Hubert Sumlin, Detroit Junior, and Eddie Shaw. Dave played with Otis Rush, Maxwell St. Jimmy, Guitar Junior, Jew Town Burks, Doug Macdonald, Boston Blackie, Tail Dragger, Little Wolf, Big Bad Ben, Little Aurthur, Joh