Ian Siegal

Ian Siegal

When Ian Siegal received the accolade of MOJO Blues Album of The Year ('09) for his Broadside album, it was the first time for a non-American artist; and when his 2011 album The Skinny was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the contemporary album category, it was the first time ever for a British artist in this category. The Blues Music Awards – made annually in Memphis TN – are the blues grammys.

It has been said that had Siegal been around in the sixties he would today be accorded the same reverence as artists such as Van Morrison and Joe Cocker. Instead, he is a child of the seventies who dropped out of art college in the late eighties to go busking in Germany. From the streets of Berlin Siegal progressed to clubs around Nottingham in the UK, then to London and ultimately to major stages around Europe.

Siegal's forte is playing to an audience. He takes command of the stage in a way very few artists alive today can match. Sweat, passion, humour, balls-to-the-wind slide guitar and a soul-infused voice big enough to fell trees! It has won him an ever-growing following of fans and a horde of female admirers.

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.

His 2005 album Meat &Potatoes 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 has since been re-released as a double disc pack together with a DVD of his stunning performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival, where he played the main stage as one of three UK artists (the others being Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone).

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.

Siegal is equally accomplished solo as he is fronting his band. 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 a few 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 Oct 09 release Broadside, an album that is selling in more than 20 countries, finally gave Ian the top spot in MOJO's annual Blues album chart.

Siegal's May '11 release The Skinny is an album recorded in north Mississippi with Grammy nominee Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars as producer. A band was assembled from musicians in the area including Gary Burnside, Robert Kimbrough and Rodd Bland, all offspring of notable bluesmen. This album gave Ian his first Blues Music Awards nomination (for Contemporary Album of the Year).

In the summer of 2011 Cody Dickinson and his North Mississippi Allstars partner and brother, Luther, joined Ian for a festival performance in Belgium. Such was the chemistry that it was immediately decided to cut an album. Ian returned to north Mississippi in May 2012 to collaborate with a dream-team of local legends that he collectively coined The Mississippi Mudbloods. Joining Ian, Cody and Luther on the recording is 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 Zebra Ranch Studio is Candy Store Kid which released October 2012 and quickly reached no.1 in the iTunes UK blues chart and gained a nomination for Best Contemporary Album in the 2013 Blues Music Awards.

While recording Candy Store kid Ian interrupted recording to head into Memphis for the Blues Music Awards, where as a nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album (The Skinny) he performed a set for some 1,500 guests at the awards ceremony.

Ian has become established in Europe as one of the most natural, exciting and vibrant talents on the scene today. 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 new twist to his career, Ian performed for several years 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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Candy Store Kid Nominated for Award
Candy Store Kid Nominated for Award

Ian Siegal is the only artist outside North America to be nominated in the 2013 Blues Music Awards. This is in the Contemporary Album category for Candy Store Kid.
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Candy Store Kid to release October 15
Candy Store Kid to release October 15

Recorded with Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart and special guests, Ian says it's his best work to date! This new album releases on both sides of the Atlantic October 15th. Read more to hear clips of all the tracks.

Little G Weevil

Guitarist, singer, songwriter Little G Weevil (born July 6, 1977) is one of the most unique entertainers on the scene today. His approach to the American Roots and Blues Music makes him one of a kind. This high energy and very laid back performer sings his heart out, picks his guitar like he just got "struck by lightning" and tells his real life stories in a way that is really hard to forget. At the age of 35 he already has performed in fourteen countries on three continents, occasionally sharing the stage with his musical icons.

Little G Weevil started out as a drummer and began playing the guitar at 17. He was introduced and captivated by the music scene through listening to legendary musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Albert Collins, B.B. King and Chuck Berry.

“John Lee Hooker and his blues was for me, like my grandfather and the tales he use to tell. When I first heard the songs Hobo Blues and Never Get Out of These Blues Alive, I thought to myself, God, I am part of this, I feel it, I belong to this.”

Ever since he started his career he has focused solely on the music of the American South and this can be clearly heard in his compositions. Although he has never had formal guitar or vocal lessons he now performs worldwide.

He established his own band in 1998. With his deep powerful voice and his ability to become one with his guitar, attention focused upon Little G. very early in his career. After years of touring mostly European countries he released his first single (Chump Change) in 2001 and his first album (One) with his European band Pure Blues in 2004 under the EU based label D&B.

In the same year he moved to Memphis, TN where he received a long-term contract on the legendary Beale Street.
He has performed on numerous occasions in Beale Street's famous Blues clubs and has made his debut tours in the USA on his own or as a side man of Soul Blues singer Louisiana Mojo Queen.

His first solo recordings were also produced in Memphis in 2005.

In 2007, Little G signed up with the Atlanta, GA based King Mojo Records. A year later he left the label for Apic Records and released his very first solo album, the critically acclaimed "Southern Experience". Album supporting tours took place in the USA, Canada, England, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Finland, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Greece with outstanding success.

" I`m always happy to take my music on the road. I enjoy performing and being in the company of wonderful people. I think you can tell. During my travels i had the pleasure to share the stage with many outstanding players, too. I opened up for the Neville Brothers and Denise LaSalle in Memphis, for Terry Evans and Johnny Winter in Budapest, Hungary. Johnny even signed my guitar and went out of his way to say a few words to me. I got to play a good long set with Anson Funderburgh and Sam Myers. I jammed with the cool Larry Garner at a festival. My guitar kind of gave up in the middle of the song. He laughed and handed over his and carried on singing. And there are the UK`s premier Blues guys Ian Siegal and Matt Schofield. Ian Siegal and i played a lot together. He is a real Blues man..."
"...Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Willie Big Eye Smith, Bobby Rush, Wille King, Gatemouth Brown, Charlie Musselwhite are the greats i have met down South in Mississippi and Alabama. Lonnie Shields and Big Jack Johnson i backed at the King Biscuit Festival`s main stage in 2005. I`m not name dropping but these are unforgettable moments i`m very proud of. Sadly, some of these musicians are no longer with us. I feel like it`s the part of my job to carry on their legacies, talk about my personal experiences with them. They made history that the world must know."

In 2009 Little G Weevil relocated to Kennesaw, GA where he has been based ever since.

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