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Showing posts with label Ian Siegal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ian Siegal. Show all posts

Friday, July 8, 2016

Epops Music artist: Mike Sponza - Ergo Sum - New release review

I just received the newest release, Ergo Sum, from Mike Sponza and I really like it. Opening with a R&B flavored Modus In Rebus, Sponza and Ian Siegal share the guitar and vocal spots with a cool texture of swamp and soul. Stinging guitar riffs, nice organ work by Dean Ross and tight rhythm by Mauro Tolot on bass and Moreno Buttinar on drums make this melodic opener a great start. Country blues rocker, Carpe Diem, pushes hard with solid structure and a real nice sax solo by Matej Kuzel. With a good dose of country and simple slices of slide guitar, Penelope has the flavor of Hey Jude, and sweet sax work by Kuzel. A definite radio track with a solid melody, this track is super. One of my favorite tracks on the release, The Thin Line, is a dark, jazzy track with Kuzel on sax, Chris Storr on trumpet and Ross on Hammond, features Dana Gillespie on lead vocal and has nicely interleaved slide work and jazz guitar chords giving it just the right amount of suspense. Very cool! Funky track, See How The Man, continues with pumped up horn work from Storr and Kuzel and a funky guitar rhythm under an almost poetic delivery of spoken lyrics. Very nice! Shuffle track, Poor Boy, is a super showpiece for Siegals's slide work and Ross does an excellent job on piano as well. Driving rhythm and a vocal duet by Sponza and Siegal gives this track a lot of spunk. Kiss Me is a solid foot stomper with solid vocals and a nice interplay between Siegal and Sponza on guitars. Wrapping the release is super soul track, Prisoner of Jealousy. Mustering vocals with Otis Redding intensity, and nicely backed by horns and Rob Cass on percussion, this is a terrific closer for a solid release.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Nugene Records artist: Ian Siegal - The Picnic Sessions - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, The Picnic Sessions, from Ian Siegel and it's laid back and loose. What do you get when you bring together 5 of the top folk story, blues, country instrumentalists together in one room? You get the Picnic Sessions! Opening with Stone Cold Soul, a simple country blues track, Ian Siegal, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus and Cody Dickinson lay down a really gritty track with guitar, mandolin and vocal harmony. Very cool! How Come You're Still Here? has a folksy, uptempo, Dylanesque feel with guitar and banjo. Townes Van Zandt's Heavenly Houseboat Blues is a really sweet little blues track with authentic country style vocal blending. With guitar, slide and mandolin, this track lays in the pocket. Excellent! Beulah Land has the sound of early American folk music with tight symmetry. Changing tempo mid tune, the track takes on a more western flavor with western steel style riffs and telling a great story. Keen and Peachy, has a definite bop to it with and definitive slide part, cool harp and a steady foot stomp. This is great music for just kicking back and throwing one down. Wasted Freedom is the "classic" track on the release with it's timeless warmth. With it's Kristofferson feel could be redone over and again in years to come. Tom Russell track, Gallo Del Cielo, a Spanish based ballad, is rhythm guitar driven with Spanish guitar flavors and rugged vocals. Very nice! Hard Times (Come Again No More) is a really solid ballad with finger picked resonator and slide work. The earthy vocals both on lead and in harmony give this track a particular richness. Talkin' Overseas Pirate Blues is another really tight folk blues that will definitely put one in mind of Dylan. This track will please your ears and stimulate your minds eye. Very nice! Wrapping the release is Only Tryin' To Survive, a more colorful track with a broader instrumental palate. With blusier vocals and bright mando lead over guitar and blended vocal harmonies, this is a great finisher. This is a cool release with a relaxed country blues feel. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ian Siegal to release new live album "One Night In Amsterdam"

You wait a whole decade for one Ian Siegal live album – then two arrive in the space of a year. For any ordinary performer, the release schedule might seem like overkill.  But with this fascinating artist, it’s entirely justified. Shedding his musical skin and bending his back catalogue into bold new shapes each time he hits the stage, every live snapshot of Siegal’s music is authentically communicated from a different angle.

Photo Credit: © Will Ireland
As such, while 2014’s Man & Guitar showcased the award-winning British songwriter as a solo acoustic troubadour, One Night In Amsterdam flicks the power switch, marking Siegal’s first live album with a full-throttle electric band. Chalk up another first for the man that Mojo called, “One of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today.”
The new album will be released in the UK on CD and vinyl by Nugene Records (NUG1501) on Monday March 9th 2015. The album dovetails with Ian’s nationwide UK tour which kicks off at the Chester Live Rooms on March 17th (tour date details listed below). Fans can pre-order the limited edition vinyl release here.
Three songs into his set at the North Sea Jazz Club in April 2014, Siegal halts the band to give the Dutch crowd the mission-statement: “We’re going to play some new songs, some old songs, and some songs by great heroes of mine, who were influences on me in my early days, back in the 1930s…”

Photo Credit: © Marco van Rooijen
He’s joking, of course. In reality, Siegal is now in his early-forties, at the top of his game, and able to draw on an astonishing eight-album catalogue that has scored him seven British Blues Awards in five categories (he’s also the only Brit ever to receive two nominations at the U.S. Blues Music Awards).
Likewise, the bar for Siegal’s live albums has been set sky-high by Man & Guitar – recently crowned Blues Album of the Year by Mojo– but from the opening notes of One Night In Amsterdam, it’s clear he’s up for the challenge. 
The new album features Siegal’s relatively new (launched in 2013) Dutch-German contingent and his first band change in ten years. With an average age of 23, Dusty Ciggaar (guitar), Raphael Schwiddessen (drums), and Danny Van’t Hoff (bass), deliver in spades, as though they have been playing with Siegal for as long as they are old. Young Dusty Ciggaar, already well known on the Benelux scene, confirms his status as a guitar god in waiting.

Photo Credit: © Will Ireland
One Night In Amsterdam is the sound of chemistry, of course, but the songs are always the stars. Several of these tracks have never been played live by Siegal before. None have ever sounded quite like this. Before the crowd’s welcoming cheers have even subsided, I Am The Train races out of the blocks, perhaps even more urgent here than when Siegal tracked it in Mississippi for his 2012 album, Candy Store Kid.
Also from Candy Store Kid comes the sad-eyed, slide-powered travelogue of Early Grace, Siegal’s raw vocal exposing the tarnish on the Golden State (“California, where all your dreams come true, your nightmares too”). Plus, don’t miss the extended free bonus track Hard Pressed – unlocked via a download key with every copy of Amsterdam, and available from the release day of March 9. 

Photo Credit: © Marco van Rooijen
Elsewhere, true to his promise of “old songs”, the bandleader digs deep into his oeuvre. He pulls out the funk-blues strut of Kingdom Come (from 2009’s Broadside), with its tough vocal telling of a woman with “the wings of an angel and the eyes of a shark”. He revisits the evergreen Brandy Balloon (from 2005’s Meat & Potatoes), and even dusts off Queen of the Junior Prom (the pick of 2002 debut Standing In The Morning), with the crowd reaction suggesting that Siegal’s earliest fans have never left his side.
In Siegal’s hands, the old is every bit as thrilling as the new. Even dog-eared cover versions can feel like they’re being born right in front of you. At the North Sea Jazz Club, he shows his scholarly appreciation of the masters - whether re-imagining Tom Russell’s classic cockfighting fable, Gallo Del Cielo, or revisiting his own back-pages in Nottingham, England, where local legend Harry Stephenson entranced the crowds. “I just really wanted to do one of Harry’s songs,” explains Siegal, before launching into Stephenson’s gutsy rocker, Writing On The Wall.
For the final two tracks of the album Ian is joined by siblings, Joel and Tess Gaerthe, from the popular Dutch indie band, Ashtraynutz.
One night. A thousand highlights. And yet another reason why Ian Siegal is leading the musical pack in the post-millennium.

Photo Credit: © Will Ireland

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Blues album of the Year
One of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues
on the planet today.” MOJO
Ian Siegal is known as a bluesman, but it’s just one shade in the palette of an artiste who slips between continents, eras and expectations. They say you can’t sing the blues until you’ve lived the life, and when Ian Siegal steps up to the mic, you can hear the slings and arrows. Recent years have seen the songwriter catch fire, with British Blues Awards raining down and consecutive nominations in 2012 & 2013 for Contemporary Album of The Year in the Blues Music Awards - in effect, the Grammys of the Blues.
Ian was born in 1971 in Hampshire. It has been said that had he been performing and recording in the sixties he would today be accorded the same reverence as artists such as Van Morrison and Joe Cocker. Instead, he dropped out of Art College in the late eighties to go busking in Germany. From the streets of Berlin he progressed to clubs around Nottingham, then to London and ultimately to major stages around Europe.
Siegal’s forte is playing to an audience. Whether fronting his band, or alone with just an old acoustic guitar, he takes command of the stage in a way very few artistes alive today can match. Sweat, passion, humour, balls-to-the-wind slide guitar and a soul-infused voice big enough to fell trees!  And as his BBC-recorded 2014 solo release MAN & GUITAR shows, he has a neat line in between-songs banter and humour.

His career got under way in 2003/04 with two successive European tours as the opening act for ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings (Wyman also invited Ian to record with the Rhythm Kings). This was followed by UK tours as a duo with Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters). During this time Siegal was also capturing the hearts of audiences in Holland, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. In 2005 he topped the Soul/Blues/Jazz charts in Holland. And hasn’t looked back.
His 2005 album Meat & Potatoes – the first to gain a full retail release - has been universally praised and gained a maximum four star (excellent) rating in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. Ian is one of only two living British Blues artists to gain this distinction. Meat & Potatoes was later re-released as a limited edition together with a DVD of his stunning 2005 performance on the main stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
That was followed by Swagger his 2007 release, which again received universal praise, “No less of a testament to the talents of one of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today.” MOJO magazine ranked Swagger as their no.2 Blues album of 2007.
In response to fans’ requests for an acoustic album The Dust was released at the end of 2008. A collection of new songs and some old favourites (with noted pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole appearing on some tracks), the CD quickly entered HMV’s roots chart, and again made No.2 in MOJO magazine’s Blues album chart – this time for 2008.
His 2009 release Broadside finally gave Ian the top spot in MOJO’s annual Blues album chart, the first non-American to achieve this status.
Having previously recorded exclusively in the UK, for his 2011release The Skinny Ian went to America to work with Grammy nominee Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars as producer. A band was assembled from musicians in the North Mississippi area including Gary Burnside, Robert Kimbrough and Rodd Bland, all offspring of notable bluesmen. The Skinny gained Siegal his first Blues Music Awards nomination for Contemporary Album of the Year and he performed at the 2012 Awards ceremony in Memphis.
Ian returned to north Mississippi in 2012 to collaborate with another dream-team of local legends that he collectively coined The Mississippi Mudbloods. Joining Ian and Cody Dickinson were Cody’s brother, Luther Dickinson, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Ian first met Alvin during The Skinny sessions, when the Grammy-winning guitarist swung by the studio and ended up tracking some guitar and backing vocals.
The end result of this second visit to the Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch Studio was Candy Store Kid released at the end of 2012, which quickly reached no.1 in the iTunes UK blues chart and garnered a swathe of awards in the UK and another nomination in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards.
2014 saw two album releases. Man & Guitar (May, 2014), showcases Siegal’s supreme ability as a solo performer and his force-ten charisma. Recorded by the BBC at the Royal Albert Hall London Bluesfest, it is Siegal at his belt & braces best – a world-class performer bleeding into his favourite songs. This scored Ian another no.1 spot in MOJO’s annual chart of Blues recordings.
That May release was followed in November by THE PICNIC SESSIONS, a low-fi back-porch project with friends in the USA. What was intended to be a fan-club-only side project quickly gained momentum, resulting in a label-backed full release in January 2015. The album has Ian, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus sitting semi-circle around an old ribbon microphone, simply chatting, singing and playing. Recorded in two afternoon sessions, The Blues magazine made it their Jan/Feb 2015 featured album, saying “The strength and feel of Siegal’s voice shows just how effectively and legitimately he can inhabit the vocal traditions of Mississippi.”
In 2013, after 10 years of touring Europe with an unchanged band, Ian recruited entirely new personnel, three young players based in Holland (average age 23). It was, he says - “one of the best decisions I have made in a long while.” The band brought a new energy and a fresh approach to Ian’s songs. Eager to let the world hear the results, ONE NIGHT IN AMSTERDAM was recorded at the North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam and releases March 9, 2015.
Ian has become established in Europe as one of the most natural, exciting and vibrant talents on the Blues-roots-Americana scene. Each year the stages get bigger, but what sticks most in Ian’s mind is his guest appearance with then 92-year old Pinetop Perkins and some of the other remaining members of Muddy Waters’ band. This was at London’s Jazz Café in 2005 to a packed house. Then later at a festival in Norway, in a role reversal, these legends of post-war Blues spontaneously joined Ian on stage for what turned into a memorable hour-long set.
In a twist to his career, Ian performed for several years (2009-12) with France’s Orchestre National de Jazz in a program of Billie Holiday songs entitled “Broadway in Satin.” Backed by a 12-piece orchestra of young hand-picked musicians and accompanied by the French singer, Karen Lanaud, Broadway in Satin has performed at major festivals across France and as far afield as South America and east Africa.
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Album Of The Year
Best Song
Best Contemporary Album
Acoustic Artist Of The Year
Band Of The Year
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Western Maryland Blues Fest in Hagerstown, MD

19th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest 2014
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The Western Maryland Blues Fest roars into its 19th big year in Hagerstown, MD! Come celebrate with four jam-packed, jumpin’ days filled with music from national, regional & local performers!

These are just some of the great artists you’ll hear throughout the festival…

Ronnie Earl

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl brings his celebrated band back to Hagerstown for a special show. Having played alongside such greats as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, and Otis Rush, Ronnie’s guitar speaks with an authoritative blues voice that only a veteran player can summon!
Ian Siegal

Ian Siegal & Band

Be part of one of the first American audiences to hear this multiple British Blues Awards winner! Ian’s May 31 Hagerstown performance culminates his first-ever U.S. tour! Don’t miss this songwriter’s exciting new blues, conveyed in the traditional Delta blues style, all the way from across the pond!
Eric Steckel

Eric Steckel Band

A young blues veteran, a powerful player with an authentic blues soul, Eric is already hailed by many as one of the next big things in bluesrock! Eric Steckel is a must see and must hear for fans of SRV, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Bonamassa.
Doug Macleod

Doug Macleod

Performing in the tradition of the blues as a story-telling medium, acoustic guitarist, Doug MacLeod, has been nominated for THREE (3) 2014 Blues Music Awards, including Acoustic Artist of the Year, Acoustic Album of the Year and Blues Song of the Year. Giving a FREE Sunday performance in City Park, come see what all the fuss is about!
Mingo Fishtrap

Mingo Fishtrap

WOW! What’s in a name? Well, this Texas-based large ensemble will give you a sweet soulful style of rhythm and blues, including plenty of horns. Describing its sound as “the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with a twist of N’awlins funk,” Mingo Fishtrap’s tenacious groove is central to its sanctified mission to shake your soul.

19th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest Schedule

Thursday, May 29—Blues Prelude 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

University Plaza, 50 West Washington Street, Downtown. Free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. ID required. No smoking venue.

Don’t miss the Blues Fest Poster Art Exhibit opening, featuring this year’s artist, Matt Long! The exhibit will be held at the Washington County Arts Council at 36 South Potomac Street from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, May 30—Lotta Blues Kickoff 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

City Center Lot, North Potomac Street. $20 in advance* and $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under free with paying adult. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. ID required.

Saturday, May 31—Downtown House Party Noon to 9:30 p.m.

City Center Lot, North Potomac Street. $35 in advance* and $45 at the gate. Children 12 and under free with paying adult. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. ID required.

Sunday, June 1—Family Blues Picnic Noon to 5:00 p.m.

City Park Bandshell. Free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. No smoking venue.

While you’re at Blues Fest…

 Visit the Maxwell Street Market area of the festival for plenty of food, drink and
specialty vendors.
 Kids Jam, Too in the HUGE children’s area design just for them! It’s their very own
playground filled with music, crafts, activities and more on Sunday.
 Grab a limited 19th anniversary edition t-shirt, hat, or other Festival gear from
the Blues Boutique.

*Transaction fee of $5.00 per ticket applies in advance sale tickets. Schedule and artists subject to change. No chairs, coolers, food or beverages may be brought into the festival area Friday or Saturday. No animals (except service animals) and no audio/video recording permitted at any time during the festival. All packs, parcels and bags subject to inspection.
Supported in part by: City of Hagerstown, Maryland State Arts Council and Washington County Arts Council.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ian Siegal - Caught live - Robins Nest - Linden NJ - Greg Lewis

Our friend Greg Lewis was onsite and caught Iam Siegal in an intimate setting and was nice enough to share with us. I caught this guy's first set Sat night and had to leave after that. It was real tough to go but I had no choice. He let me use my IPad for some video. The guy is a special talent in my opinion. He usually plays electric but he is just as good solo.He is highly regarded in Europe. His American band the Mississippi Mudbloods is stacked with legend's offspring with names like Dickinson,Burnside, Kimbrough and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Surprisingly there were only 20 people in this club but I should mention it probably only holds about 50 anyway. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Nugene Records artist: Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods - Candy Store Kid - New release review

I just received the newest release (october 15, 2012), Candy Store Kid, by Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods. The release opens with Bayou Country, a bluesy track with cool female vocal backing. It defies pigeon holing with a bit of a bayou sound but cool guitar riffs just filling intermittently. Strangely cool. Loose Cannon sounds more like ZZ Top than anything else I can think of but it really doesn't sound like ZZ Top. Let's say it's a loosly constructed southern blues romp and of course with some cool guitar riffs. I Am The Train is a bit of a rock track with some country stirred in and slide guitar played blues style to top it off. So Much Trouble sounds like tune with dark origins in the swamp. This may be the best track on the release. it just has the right touch of dark and blues, guitars and vocals. This is a very strongly constructed track. Kingfish is a raw delta blues stomper that delivers a smooth sliding jam. The Fear has a fairly distinctive sound like Link Wray. It's a cool track and a nice addition. Earlie Grace jnr is an interesting little folk like blues track where Siegal's vocals are best highlighted. It's a stripped down track mostly with vocal and drums. Green Power takes a different route with a strong funk beat and electric guitar in wha wha. This track takes the funk to the next level with great backing vocals. Possibly the prominent airplay track from this recording. Strong Woman begins with a contrast between acoustic finger picking and electric blues riffs. It is an experimental style with unusual rhythm patterns but cool composition. Rodeo is more of a country ballad from the days of real country music but possibly with the Tex Mex blues style overlaid. I like the authenticity. The vocal harmonies and the light touch on rhythm guitar are particularly appealing. Hard Pressed (what da fuzz) is a fairly strait forward blues/rock track but with some really cool fuzzed guitar slide riffs. Another cool track. The Mississippi Mudbloods is Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart and including Gary Burnside, Lightnin' malcolm, Stephanie Bolton, Sharisse Norman and Shontelle Norman. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Skinny - Ian Siegal and The Youngest Sons - New recording release

This recording is great! I have listened to it a number of times over the past few days trying to describe it and all I can say is great! Blind Racoon has a real winner here. This guy can sing and play and write... don't know if he can dance...who cares! He has a great voice for the blues and pulls from all of his influences to create what I consider to be a terrific recording. It has touches of all styles of blues but he doesn't do the hit and miss thing. His recording sounds consistent from end to end. What I mean is it isn't like he plays a swing blues and then a solo dobro song. The recording flows great and it is a genuine pleasure to listen to (over and over). Oh ...did I mention that he can play guitar?
I really wasn't exposed to Ian's work prior to this but I will be anticipating his next release and possible tour date in my town.

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