Ian Siegal’s brand new studio album Stone by Stone is a celebration of collaboration with the muscle of Siegal’s voice standing front and center. Recorded in Southern California’s Grow Vision Studios with production team Greta Valenti and Robin Davey (Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse, The Hoax) the songs are raw, intimate, and assured. Greta explains, “We wanted to really capture the essence of who Ian Siegal is. His voice, his soul, and his years as an artist and touring musician all leading up to this point in his life and career”.
“The album was an unexpected result of various planets aligning and happy coincidences. The pull of it was irresistible. I dug deep for some personal insights but was also extremely lucky to be surrounded by creative inspiration and the support of great friends to help me get this all down”, says Mr Siegal. Key album track, The Fear is Ian at his most raw. A stunning tale of a man reflecting on one’s life and post-drinking paranoia, it’s easy to see why MOJO Magazine celebrate Siegal as “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK”.
NSFW anthem, The Shit encapsulates Ian’s mischievous side in a delightfully twisted, playful tune. Working on A Building is a glorious ruckus featuring Jimmy Wood (vocals and harp) and JJ Holiday (guitar) from The Imperial Crowns.
Folk hero Jimbo Mathus is a songwriting partner on various tracks throughout the record. The pair conjured up the Shemekia Copeland duet Hand in Hand and the dark undertones of Gathering Deep – an ode to a fictitious town in in the True Detective television series and to the writing of Ambrose Bierce. Hand in Hand also features the percussive stylings of Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, T-Bone Burnett).
Siegal’s long list of past achievements include thirteen British Blues Awards, three Mojo Blues Albums of The Year, four European Blues Music Awards, and three US Blues Awards nominations. While the Blues certainly provides a bedrock for the record, Stone by Stone is not a blues album. It’s a collection of personal songs steeped in the traditions of classic songwriting, offering hope, reflection, sadness and joy. Stone By Stone further cements Ian’s reputation, as not only a fierce live performer, but also an essential British recording artist. It’s no wonder Classic Rock Magazine hails Siegal as a “National Treasure”.
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