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Siegel-Schwall Band - 953 West (1973 US Blues)

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Band history

Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall were both students at Roosevelt University, where Siegel studied saxophone music and Schwall studied guitar music. Schwall's background was mostly in country music, while Siegel was more interested in blues. They combined these two genres, producing a lighter sounding blues as compared to Butterfield Blues Band or John Mayall. The band originally was the house band at Pepper's Lounge, but changed to Big John's in Chicago after the Butterfield Blues Band began touring. In 1965, Sam Charters signed the band to Vanguard Records.

In 1966, the band released their first eponymous album, and began a national tour in 1969. While they weren't as commercially successful as Butterfield or Mayall, the band was still able to perform at large venues such as Fillmore West. Also around that time, the Siegel-Schwall Band became the first blues band to ever perform with a symphony, performing "Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra" with the San Francisco Orchestra. After four albums with Vanguard, the band signed to Wooden Nickel (RCA Records). The band won a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover in 1973 for their second eponymous album.

The band broke up in 1974 after releasing the album R.I.P. Siegel/Schwall, and reunited in 1987. Alligator Records signed them, and they released a live album. The band continues to tour occasionally, usually during summer because Jim Schwall took a job as a professor of music. Schwall also unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Madison, Wisconsin. The Siegel-Schwall Band also released an album on Alligator Records in 2005, entitled Flash Forward, which was a top 15 hit on the Billboard Blues Albums chart.

Members
Corky Siegel
Jim Schwall
Rollo Radford
Sam Lay

Track Listings
1. I'd Like to Spend Some Time Alone With You Tonight My Friend
2. Traitor from Decatur
3. Good Woman
4. Just Another Song About the Country Sung by a City Boy
5. When I've Been Drinkin'
6. Old Time Shimmy
7. Off to Denver
8. I Think It Was the Wine
9. Reed Zone [Psychiatric Institution Blues]
10. Blow out the Candle

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