drink more than swamp water down in Mississippi. How do I know?
I just finished listening to Ian Siegal & The
Candy Store Kid and
that ain't just swamp water they're sweating out. It's one
whole lot of attitude, an extension of the attitude Siegal and
on the excellent The Skinny album
(Nugene NUG1101) last year. They rock. They roll. They choogle.
They pray. They do everything many blues bands down south do
only they do it with more flair and more attitude. In a word,
Siegal rocks. In more words, so do the musicians who seem to
really enjoy playing alongside him. I mean, they're having fun!
are they, you ask? Let's start with Cody
also produced) and Alvin
Never heard of them? You have if you know anything about
southern blues because they are two of the best. Add to them
the likes of Garry
Rodd Bland,Andre Turner,
you have one powerful cornucopia of amazing.It's
like taking the best of the South and slow cooking it until the
mix is just right.
thing I thought when I heard each of these albums was “blues.”
Swear to God. First thought. Didn't take long to add a few
thousand other thoughts to that because what Siegal does is not
blues. In some places, it's anything but.
I hear Stevie
Ray Vaughn and
a handful of white boy blues guitar players in Siegal's guitar
and I hear solid R&B and Soul and Gospel in everyone else.
Siegal's slightly gravelly voice works well with the sound and
the sound is good! Especially when they strike a groove, which
they do a lot on both albums.
tracks? On Candy Store Kid,
it has to be Bayou
I have always been enthralled with strong background vocals and
Bolton, Norman and Norman serve them up with real class. Bayou
in fact, has the R&B sound which convinced me that Siegal
is just as much the people who surround him as much as he is
himself. Killer stuff. On The Skinny,
you can take your pick, but I have a thing for Hopper
(Blues For Dennis) just
because of the title (and that smokin' guitar solo). I mean, it
is good enough that I did a bit of research, in fact. Nowhere
on either of these album packages could I find a website
listed, so I searched and found Nugene
the label responsible for these CDs. I found a lot more than
Siegal. The label has a stable of blues artists and every one
of them looks to be impressing someone somewhere. I suggest a
stop by the website to see for yourself. Whether you like the
blues or not. Did I not say that Siegal and crew strike a
Where I come from, that means that they transcend genre. Where
I come from, it means that the music is good.
in this case.
sports fans. Not that guy from the North who had a band with
that Schwall guy. Siegal's Southern. You can tell. Just listen.