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.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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