British blues guitar man Ian Siegal returned again to the beloved Zebra Ranch studios in the north Mississippi hill country to record the follow-up to his very successful album The Skinny and emerged with an even better and bigger band sound on the new album Candy Store Kid. Once again Siegal is joined by youngest son Cody Dickinson, who produced and mixed the album while also supplying pile driving drums and additional keyboards and guitars; he is a true jack of all trades. Dickinson’s brother Luther adds superb slide guitar to the mix with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Garry Burnside rounding out the Mudblood band.
The nine new songs and two covers roll out like well worn classics from a bygone age. These are not your typical blues tunes, but rather a spicy gumbo of funk, soul, country and swamp rock. Throughout, Siegel’s voice evokes a mixture of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Iggy Pop, delivering lyrics that are often Dylan-esque and full of metaphorical alliterations. It seems Ian Siegal has truly captured lightning in a bottle with his foray to the hill country and is blessed to find kindred spirits in the Mudbloods. A kid in a candy store indeed.