I was asked to host Stephan Hoskuldsson (from Iceland) as he transitioned from principal flutist with the Met to the principal flutist and soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The synchronicities that followed Stephan and I around are each astonishing stories in their own right. But I skip those to get right to some real magic for you.
The place mats were prints from Grant Wood landscapes. And I remember day after day being drawn deeply into the paintings, going into them and becoming part of them. As I gazed into my favorite place mat I would walk towards the artist's classic puffy lollipop trees and shrubs. I’d explore the little Inn or general store. I sat by the creek which ran along the stone building and watched a horse and buggy progress toward the willowy bridge. But then I was snapped back to the kitchen table as a glass of milk and a plate of bacon and eggs from Mom would obstruct my view. To this day Grant Wood renderings launch me into a nostalgic transcendence.
After more than a decade of silence the most popular Siegel-Schwall recordings (The RCA/Wooden Nickel albums) are now speaking up, with the re-release on Wounded Bird Records. Learn how we saved over $400,000, turned over our most popular albums, and had a blast doing it. ALBUMS ARE AVAILABLE HERE
I was writing a book on the music biz from artist's perspective. It began as 180 pages and ended up being two pages - and now that it is completely edited - with the fluff removed - it’s just one page with four chapters a forward and an epilogue.
Transcription from Corky Siegel introduction to Induct Sam Lay into Blues Hall of Fame: 5/9/18
I first met Sam Lay when he played with Elvin Bishop & Paul Butterfield at Big Johns in 65. To this day I've never heard such a brilliant group as that four-piece with Elvin's beautifully placed guitar licks. The whole band was being driven by Sam whowas coming at you like four multi-colored locomotives.
Starring Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Blues Legend; SAM LAY, and Indian Tabla / World Percussion Virtuoso; Kalyan Pathak.
I experienced a cathartic moment in the history of music performance I need to share. First, for some background, here's a quote that appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine when they interviewed me in 1971. I was talking about Sam Lay.
"He's the best blues drummer in the world. The best drummer of any sort I've ever heard. He has taste, he has ideas of his own. Most of my concepts of the blues are things he showed me.”- Corky Siegel 1971 Interview - Rolling Stone Magazine