By The Blues Boss
I picked up Ian at Sea-Tac, recognizing him immediately from his CD, and we drove straight to the Swiss to hook up with Rod Cook and Toast and get a “loaner” guitar. Staying for the music, it took barely one song for Ian to turn to me, smiled, and asked: “Can I have these guys?”
The “tour” consisted of six gigs in six days in Oregon and Washington. It started at the the Domino Room in Bend. While the Domino Room hosts music that ranges from rock and roll to hip-hop, I was pleased that the audience embraced Ian and the Mark Riley Trio. Right out of the box Ian and the trio clicked, convincing those in the audience who had Ian’s latest CD Meat and Potatoes that it was Ian’s actual band on that CD. Next up was two nights at the Highway 99 Blues Club, and one night at Jazzbones. By the time we hit Tacoma, the music was road-tested and ready for Ian Siegel’s big moment at the 2006 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival on the First Tech Credit Union stage before 20,000 blues fans.
Ian was the talk of that day at the festival, and he finished the day doing a song with Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers on that night’s cruise. The tour culminated at the Red Wine and Blues Festival in Stevenson, Washington on the banks of the Columbia River.
Would I “tour manage” again? Well, Ian said he’d have me do that on any visit to the U.S., so I probably would.
Was Ian Siegal impressed with Pacific Northwest blues musicians? I’ll close this month’s Blues Trippin’ with a quote from Mr. Siegal.
Until next month, do some blues trippin.’