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Ian Siegal (born Ian Berry, 1971) is a British blues singer and guitarist, whose style reflects the more rootsy side of the genre, drawing on influences such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Son House, Junior Kimbrough and Tom Waits.
In the late 1980s, Siegal dropped out of art college and went busking in Germany. He has been active on the UK blues scene for many years, and after two European tours supporting Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings in 2003 and 2004, began to receive significant attention in Europe and further afield. Although he had released several albums, it wasn't until his 2005 opus Meat & Potatoes (Nugene Records NUG502) that he started to receive recognition for his recorded material. This and the following release Swagger were produced by (also featured) guitarist Matt Schofield, and are catalogued in the Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. Swagger achieved no.2 position in Mojo magazine's chart of best blues albums of 2007. In 2008 the album The Dust was released. Unlike the previous albums it contained mainly solo performances. In 2009, Siegal released another album together with his band members, Andy Graham (bass) and Nikolaj Bjerre (drums). This album, Broadside, was voted "Blues Album of the Year 2009" by Mojo.
His 2011 release, The Skinny, was recorded in North Mississippi with Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars as record producer and he also played on the album. Backing Siegal were the sons of some notable Mississippi blues men, including on guitar Robert Kimbrough, on guitar and bass Garry Burnside, and on drums Rod Bland. Also guesting were Alvin Youngblood Hart and Duwayne Burnside. This album was nominated in the Blues Foundation's 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
In 2013, Candy Store Kid was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Album' category. This album was also produced by Cody Dickinson and recorded in North Mississippi at the Zebra Ranch Studio. Contributing are Garry Burnside, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Lightnin' Malcolm and a trio of backing singers Stefanie Bolton, Sharisse Norman and Shontelle Norman.
Ian Siegal can occasionally be found playing unannounced at various Blues jams in London.
- 2002 - Standing in the Morning
- 2005 - Meat & Potatoes
- 2007 - Swagger
- 2008 - The Dust
- 2009 - Broadside
- 2011 - The Skinny (with The Youngest Sons)
- 2012 - Candy Store Kid (with Mississippi Mudbloods)
Ian Siegal featuring the Mississippi Mudbloods
- Ian Siegal - Vocals, guitar, Bass
- Alvin Youngblood Hart - Bass, guitar, vocals
- Luther Dickinson - Guitar,, bass,vocals, mandolin
- Cody Dickinson - Drums, Guitar, Vocals
- Carwyn Ellis - Bass,vocals
Lightnin' Malcolm (Bass, Guitar, Vocals)
Duane Betts (Guitar, Vocals)
- "Top Bluesman Ian", Sussex Express, 14 July 2010, retrieved 2011-07-30
- Lytollis, Roger (2008) "Hallelujah for Siegal the Saviour!", Times and Star, 21 November 2008, retrieved 2011-07-30
- "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- Siegal's Official Site
- Siegal's Official Dutch FanSite
- Siegal's official YouTube channel
- Nugene Records website
- Live Concert (Audio Stream)
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