They drink more than swamp water down in Mississippi. How do I know? I just finished listening to Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods'Candy Store Kidand that ain't just swamp water they're sweating out. It's one whole lot of attitude, an extension of the attitude Siegal andThe Youngest Sonsdeveloped on the excellentThe Skinnyalbum (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 havingfun!
Who are they, you ask? Let's start withCody Dickinson(who also produced) andAlvin Youngblood Hart. 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 ofGarry Burnside,Robert Kimbrough,Rodd Bland,Andre Turner,DuWayne Burnside,Luther Dickinson,Lightnin' Malcolm,Stefanie Bolton,Sharisse NormanandShontelle Normanand 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.
First 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 notjustthe blues. In some places, it's anythingbut. I hearStevie Ray Vaughnand 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.
Favorite tracks? OnCandy Store Kid, it has to beBayou Country,So Much TroubleandGreen Powerbecause I have always been enthralled with strong background vocals and Bolton, Norman and Norman serve them up with real class.Bayou Country, 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. OnThe Skinny, you can take your pick, but I have a thing forHopper (Blues For Dennis)just because of the title (and that smokin' guitar solo). I mean, it isrockin'blues---electric!!!
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 foundNugene Records, 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 agroove? Where I come from, that means that they transcend genre. Where I come from, it means that the music isgood.Damngood, in this case.
That'sIan Siegal, sports fans. Not that guy from the North who had a band with that Schwall guy. Siegal's Southern. You can tell. Just listen.