Standing in the Morning
catalog-no. tx 2077
rock - 2004
Ian Siegal Band
Well established on the British Music Scene, Ian Siegal is now becoming a fixure on the European scene with the release of his album "Standing in the Morning".He and his band are also receiving rave reviews for their dynamic live performances and it seems that they're stirring up quite a "buzz"!
Born in the deep south (of England!) in 1971, Ian's earliest musical memories are of the likes of Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Chuck Berry, but it was on hearing the great Little Richard that he really caught the music "bug" and became nothing short of obsessive about it.This led him into a life-long passion for the Blues and all of its various branches, and most of all, the man he calls "God"-the inimitable Muddy Waters.
At 16 he began to roadie occasionally for his cousin's band and one night, quite unexpectedly, the drummer (one Dave Houghton-original member of the Joe Jackson band) suggested he get up and sing. The result was a blown-away audience and a delighted (and rather surprised!) young vocal talent with a long career ahead oh him.
It was 2 years later that Ian picked up a guitar and taught himself to play, listening to the likes of Muddy, B.B King, Robert Cray and Albert Collins. At 20 he dropped out of art college and travelled to Berlin, busking for a living.This is where he says his playing dramatically improved as, if he didn't make money, he didn't eat! By the time he returned to England he knew that a career in music was the only one for him.
A visit to Nottingham resulted in a 5 year stay and Ian's first band (Mr.Siegal, which became Ian Siegal and the Score) became one of the most popular on the local music scene, with a residency at renowned venue, the Running Horse attracting full houses and appearances at Colne and Burnley festivals getting rave reviews. First album "Picture Postcards" also showed Siegal to be a gifted songwriter with a deep understanding of musical traditions, but with an eye on the future.
Moving to London to further his career became inevitable and Ian became an established part of the London Blues community almost immediately. A trip to the legendary Weavers jam put Ian in contact with, among others, Lee Sankey, Earl Green (singer with Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes) and Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges. He also met long time bass player Andy Graham and with, in the great rock'n'roll tradition, the addition of a variety of different drummers the Ian Siegal Band was born.
Many gigs followed, along with a number of appearances with American Blues acts - Phil Guy, Sugar Blue, Nappy Brown, Eddie Kirkland, Catfish Keith and Jimmie Vaughan to name but few. Ian became the first singer in The Lee Sankey Group (with whom he would later collaborate on hit album "Tell Me There's a Sun" and to this day continues to tour). He also managed to fit in U.S. and Euro tours with Otis Redding jr.,and Caribbean festivals with Dana Gillespie and Larry Garner.
All the time Siegal's writing and playing skills developed, and appearances on larger festival stages to bigger audiences - such as Edinburgh,Lugano,North Sea Jazz - enabled him to hone his skills into becoming one of the most naturally exciting and vibrant talents on the scene today. A new album "Standing in the Morning" began recording, with Ian drafting in some of the top players around, in particular the horns of Nick Payne, Frank Mead, Martin Winning, Sid Gauld and John Beecham, who between them have worked with The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Albert Collins and Buddy Guy.
The album "Standing in the Morning" is an entirely
original composition,and early reviews made comparisons with Tom Waits, Bruce
Springsteen, Dr.John and Van the Man, whilst also beng praised for its originality.
It's already creating a stir.
Last year saw Siegal on tour supporting Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings which included a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Audiences were stunned by the powerhouse performances he gave, many commenting that the main act were outshone by the opening act with his battered old National steel guitar!
2004 has started with a bang with the Ian Siegal Band travelling to Holland for performances at the Paradiso Amsterdam and Eurosonic Festival Groningen. Offers have been flowing in ever since (Peer Blues Festival Belgium being amongst them) and it seems that things are going from strength to strength for the band. Having worked so long as a 3-piece, the addition of Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ (Joe Louis Walker, Seve Cropper, Kim Wilson, Anson Funderburgh) has added a new dynamic and a great platform for Siegal's impassioned vocals and stinging, soulful guitar. The amazing Matt Schofield (Lee Sankey, Dana Gillespie) will also join them this year on guitar, a player who really must be seen to be believed! Without doubt, this is an act not to be missed.
See also: Ians Siegal's Homepage
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