FAME Review: Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods - Candy Store Kid
Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods - Candy Store Kid

Candy Store Kid

Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods

Nugene Records - NUG1204

Available from Ian Siegal's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

On Candy Store Kid this British Bluesman is like the proverbial kid in a candy store with the talented group of players he has to work with. For starters this was recorded at the famed Zebra Ranch Studio of Jim Dickinson, then you have Jim's sons; Cody, producer, drums, percussion, guitar, and keyboards, and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, sitar, mandocello and bass) brother Luther, joined by Alvin Youngblood Hart, bass, backing vocals and guitar, for starters. Those are the members of the Mudbloods, and then there are the guests who dropped by to see about all the commotion was about. Lightnin' Malcolm and Garry Burnside offer both their instrumental expertise and their songwriting skills, writing a song apiece for the disc, five of the 11 were written by Ian Siegal and one he co-wrote with Luther.

Ian's voice has the texture of a road that is overlaid with seashells, at times rough and sort of sharp, but never cutting, and other times well textured would be more the appropriate term. He is supported in his vocal endeavors, supported, as in given a foundation and uplifted, by Stefanie Bolton, Shontell Norman and Sharisse Norman, who have strong voices that never overwhelm his and provide depth to the vocals. Just listen to the fullness of the vocal sound on the opener Bayou Country and then the more subtle work on the tenderhearted and gentle ballad, Rodeo.

The music on this disc that at times is straight ahead blues tempered by a laid back Mississippi Hill Country sound that rumbles around you like a runaway cement truck. There is no compromise the players put it all forth which makes this a seminal disc for Ian Siegal.

Track List:

  • Swagger
  • Groundhog Blues
  • Catch 22
  • Horse dream (western)
  • Green Dog
  • Mortal Coil Shuffle
  • High Horse
  • God Don't Like Ugly
  • I Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
  • Horse Dream (swamp)
  • I Don't Know What You Got
  • Curses
  • Let My Love

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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