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Ian Siegal (born Ian Berry, 1971) is a British singer and guitarist, whose style is a blues influenced side of soft rock, drawing comparisons with artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Chris Rea .
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In the late 1980s, Ian dropped out of art college and went busking in Germany.
After moving up from Portsmouth around 1992, Ian spent time in Nottingham, becoming a young and talented apprentice of bluesmen in the area. Learning his band trade with local legends Mick Wheat on Bass and Stevie Otter om Drums (arguably at the time the best back line in the Midlands), Ian was working with knowledgable players investing in a young man with potential. Ian would have been 16 or 17 at the time, with Running Horse landlord and dedicated live music and band promoter Barry Middleton just waiting to help Ian along the way. The Middleton family, and close friends and blues folk, were all part of an area that was simply known as the Circus and suited everyone there at the time.
He has been active on the decaying UK blues scene for many years, and after two small European tours supporting Bill Wyman's poorly received Rhythm Kings in 2003 and 2004, began to receive some attention in Europe . Although he had released several albums, it wasn't until his 2005 release Meat & Potatoes (Nugene Records NUG502) that he started to receive advertising budgets 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 was advertised in the cult magazine Mojo who in turn called it one of best blues albums of 2007 despite not being what most would consider a blues record and certainly not from the Black experience in America. In 2008 the album The Dust was released. Unlike the previous albums it contained mainly solo performances. In 2009, Siegal released another album, "Broadside", together with his band members, Andy Graham (bass) and Nikolaj Bjerre (drums). 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.
In 2013, Candy Store Kid was released. This album relied heavily on hired talent and was again 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.