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Purple PassagePurple Passage

I'm excited to announce that the Eric Street Band has a brand new line-up of fantastic musicians - and a brand new album - I think it's the best album yet!

Full details are on the home page, where you'll find videos for "I Like What I See", "Ruby's Bar" and "Payback Time"!

The album features 9 great new songs written by myself and guitarist Gordon Vaughan, plus 4 extra Bonus Tracks - over 65 minutes of music in total, presented in high quality Digipak packaging!

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Across The BoardAcross The Board

This is the 10th album by the Eric Street Band and I wanted this to be different from the others. ‘Across the Board’ is not a blues album. It’s blues-based but incorporating different styles from Soul, Blues, Rock and even Country. As always, the songs come from experiences in my life, including a song about my late mother, to say to her the things I never had the chance to tell her in her short life. We've really gone to town on the writing, playing and production on this one!

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The Blues Collection Vol.1The Blues Collection
Vol.1 and 2

After recording Vol.1 and listening to it several times and getting some great feedback, I thought - what would our own songs sound like alongside these blues classics?

So we decided to make a double album Vol.1 and 2, mixing up our songs alternately with the covers from the previous album. So now you've got the choice of purchasing just Vol. 1 - or this double album with all the classics from Vol.1 plus a mixture of new recordings and selections of our back catalogue, some re-recorded and remixed.

The Eric Street Band are taking time out so that I can concentrate on my old reformed band the Southside Blues Band. I have spent several years in the studio with Neil, recording 9 ESB albums and 4 Dennis Siggery albums, and have played many gigs supporting some big names in the music industry, and I've had some great times and made great albums. In my short time since coming back into music I’ve made 18 albums altogether and written most of the songs, but now I need some time out. I’m looking forward to playing the blues circuit again, playing to smaller venues, and having fun with less pressure on me. This may not be the end of ESB - just time out to catch my breath!

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The Blues Collection Vol.1The Blues Collection Vol.1

This is album number 8 from the Eric Street Band and our first album where we've covered some of our favourite blues classics.

It’s been a real learning curve for us as we’d never played some of these songs before. Wherever possible we’ve tried to be faithful to the original artists’ recordings as a sort of homage to them.

The cover album idea came after the Stormy Monday track from our last recording Shades of Blue received critical acclaim in the U.S. We’ve included it again in this collection to keep everything neat and tidy! (we recorded that track as a tribute to Mr Bobby (Blue) Bland who died last year).

Earlier this year I was mentioned in a new book by Paul Anderson “Mods, the New Religion”. I was a DJ in a Mod club in Reading back in the 60’s and I used to play the original vinyl records of some of the songs we’ve chosen for the album!

There is one original track on the album Hey! Big Guy. This track was included as a tribute to “Sailor John” the man who founded the Wallingford Blues Festival. Incidentally this was the track that started off the Siggery/ Sadler partnership and eventually led to the formation of the Eric Street Band!

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Shades Of Blue - The Eric Street BandShades Of Blue

This album is number 7 from ESB since 2008. The band has had many great reviews over the years, and the Company Man album was voted best album by Blues in Britain. The band has also had various songs in internet charts in the USA and in the UK. The new album, as the title says, is shades of the blues, with a very strong rock element and various other forms of music.

All songs were written by the band with the exception of one track, Stormy Monday Blues. This song was, in a way, a tribute to my one all-time favourite singer that passed this year - Bobby Bland. Bobby recorded this song way back - to me the best version of this T-Bone Walker classic. The album took over a year to record, and we wrote a number of songs that never made the album.

The bonus video track is of one of the songs, Tierra Madre. This song and video came about when our USA manager, Diana Swens, took some pictures of the Tierra Madre horse sanctuary, and the owner, Jim Gath, said he would love a song to be written about it. Diana sent me some background details of the Sanctuary and we wrote the song. Diana put the video together, and the song reached number three in the Reverbnation Chart in USA.

We hope you, the listener, get as much pleasure from listening to the album as we got recording it!

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V (The Love Album)V

(The Love Album)

This is the 5th studio CD from the Eric Street Band. The album was never planned, it just evolved.

Last summer a new lady moved into the flat above me. We became friends and lovers. She was the inspiration for many new songs based on her life and our time together.

The songs are a mixture of different styles - blues, soul and even a touch of jazz.

In all the years I've been writing, I'd never written a love song. Now here's an album full!

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Company Man - The Eric Street BandCompany Man

This tells the story of a man who strived and succeeded to increase his company's profits.

But in so doing, he spent all his time working, to the detriment of his relationship, and as a result of never being at home, his partner had an affair behind his back.

The news of this sends him on a downward spiral, affecting his sales. But the company had no sympathy and made his life hell. Despite all his loyalty and promises made, the management called him in one afternoon and told him to pack up his desk and leave.

Having no job he now had to plead with his partner to stick with him, but she chose to walk away. He now has to question his sanity, and the crazy dreams he is having,

How can he continue living this way?

His life is now confined to staying at home, the same mundane life, feeling sorry for himself, waiting for that call that never comes.

One day he realises that all is not lost, his mind is now set, and he tells himself 'Yes I am on my way back!'

Stepping out outside, it's the start of a new day, all is peaceful and calm, you don't need money for what you see and it's all for free

Each song tells this story. Company Man is not about my life, but it could be yours?

This, I believe, is the first time that a concept album has been compiled in blues format

This is the blues; this is life living in today's world; this is the fifth album from the Eric Street Band.

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Review: Blues in Britain – April 2011

The latest album from the Eric Street Band is another set of tough modern blues featuring Dennis Siggery on vocals and Neil Sadler on guitar. They are backed by Edward Sterling on bass and Andy Aust on drums.

There are 8 original songs here mainly covering working for the man and redundancy themes, so modern blues for modern times.

The CD opens with the title track which has a boogie beat and tough guitar and is all about selling your soul to the company and the affect on the rest of your life, a theme further explored on Monday Morning

Don't turn your back on me is a blues balled about the breakdown of a relationship, heartfelt vocals and good guitar.

The next three songs are all slowies focussing on the problems and helplessness of being out of work.

Then things take a turn for the better with I'm On My Way Back an up-tempo and more positive song.

The CD ends with Watch the Dawn a quiet contemplative piece with good slide guitar.

As on their previous albums, Dennis' gruff vocals and Neil's spot-on guitar work well together.

This is a themed set of songs which gets quite downbeat through the middle of the album but then the final two songs are positive and at ease with the world.

An interesting CD and if you enjoyed the bands earlier albums then you should enjoy this one.

Rating: 8 - Jim Greaves
Blues in Britain
April 2011

The Drifter - The Eric Street BandThe Drifter

This is the 4th album from the band; a continuation of the studio albums Route To The Blues, and The Journey.

The album is based on a blues man that travels around the USA playing one-night stands. His life is in the back of his car!

I'm A Blues Man - You don't know what is like to be ignored man - You don't know what it's like not to be adored man - I'm a blues man and I've paid my dues.

The Drifter - I may be old but my head is young,

Back To My Routes - the grass is green and the chicks were mean, I was so wrong I was living a dream

Brand New Tuxedo - I'm gonna find myself a woman that's gonna put me in the ground

Another Day - two in the morning in my hotel room, the gig I did tonight couldn't finish too soon.

The Old Dirt Road - Don't look back down the old dirt road, I've found my way, it's a brand new start.

These are lines taken from some of the songs.

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Review: Blues in Britain – July 2010

The Album comes burning on the heels of the Eric Street Band's last Studio album The Journey.

Lead singer Dennis Siggery croaks, " i've been out on the road " and "The music I play it satisfies my soul ", in a voice equal parts Rod Stewart, Roger Daltrey and a 72 hour bourbon binge.

This works flawlessly with Neil Sadler's reverb-heavy slide guitar on the soulful suitcase-life laments that this album has in droves.

Dennis and Neil are supported by three of the most competent Blues Musicians in Britain.

The essence of good ol' fashioned blues is still there, songs about drinking, dancing and one-night stands, usually followed by early mornings on the road out of town. What Eric Street Band does is to own these stories.

They're singing about four British guys doing it in the UK, and that truth makes the image that much stronger.

The Eric Street Band is one of the best British Blues Bands around.

Jonathan Madge
Blues in Britain

The Journey - The Eric Street BandThe Journey

The third album by the band, following on from Eric Street Live and the 1st studio album The Route To The Blues.

This album has a very different approach - the songs are all self-penned, written about life experiences. The instruments used are resonator, acoustic and classical guitars and a ukulele. The drums were played using mainly brushes and the bass was electric, with one track fretless.

We wanted this to sound like an authentic blues album but we also tried some experiments. It paid off and we are really pleased with the results.

The title track The Journey was written about the way bands from the UK such as Cream, Led Zeppelin and the Animals took the blues back across the pond, playing to white Americans.

The Politicians Lament is about the way our politicians have been on the take for many years and just got found out. The track, Cardboard City, is about people sleeping rough on the streets in London and all of our major cities.

We hope that you get as much enjoyment out of listening to this album as we did making it.

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Review: Blues in Britain – January 2010

The Journey is the Eric Street Band’s third album. It sees a return to the studio after the album, Eric Street Live.

Breaking from the formula of previous albums, Eric Street Band have peppered this one with a few surprises, most notably a ukulele. Not even this can scuff the surface of filthy, nightclub blues that covers The Journey.

On “Mr Blues”, the wah-wah pedal is put to good use. Neil Sadler pours dirty jazz sounding blues out of his guitar like whiskey from a bottle. The rest of the band expertly contributes to the archetypal blues man.

The title track tells the story of the blues entry into the mainstream, through bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin and the Animals. In doing so it also name checks a number of blues influences.

Softer tracks like “Cardboard City” and “Hey Suzie” show the band’s social conscience, Sadler effortlessly finger-picking heart strings and classical guitar alike. But it’s on stories of penniless, womanless tax-dodging like “The Tallyman” that the band are in their element, melding harsh bottleneck slide with fuzz-box distorted harmonica.

Not for the faint of heart or clear of head, The Journey is a masterpiece of punchy, tobacco-stained blues rock.

Rating: 8 – Jonathan Madge

The Route to The Blues - The Eric Street BandThe Route To The Blues

The first studio album from the band - nine songs - eight originals, one cover.

The songs were all taken from life experiences:

Mr Fat Cat was written about the bankers that got the world's money markets in the mess they're in today.

The Habit is a story told to me by a father about one of his children.

Sweet Cocaine is a true story about a high flyer that got into a habit, lost his job and needed to feed his habit.

The Reality Show is about the way that most true Musicians feel about reality shows - they're killing our music!

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Review: Blues Matters! - 2009

Looking at the personnel, this is presumably some kind of offshoot of the well known Reading-based Southside Blues Band. I would have to say that this is the most mature, polished and well produced piece of material I have heard thus far from vocalist and co-writer of eight of the nine featured tracks, Dennis Siggery.

Only nine tracks, but, with a playing time of over fifty minutes, it's good value. For the most part it’s slow to medium paced and fairly gritty, contemporary stuff, all dominated with an earthy vibrato vocal style that reminds you of a certain Roger Chapman. Also on his best form is fellow scribe and lead guitarist Neil Saddler.

The album title could be a bit misleading to some. Although there is undoubtedly a Blues influence to the album, much of the music has moved into a more mainstream position. As well as a handful of songs concerning relationships, we have a bit of social commentary on drugs, with ‘The Habit’ and ‘Sweet Cocaine’; a little political jibe with ‘Mr Fat Cat’; and a swipe at TV in ‘The Reality Show’.

If you don’t already have any of Mr Siggery’s material then this is definitely worth a listen. - Thomas Rankin

The Eric Street Band - LIVEEric Street Band - LIVE

This live album came about when we were recording the Trilogy set - the guys said it would be great to get a band together and do a live album!

So with this in mind Neil and I got together and wrote down some of the great blues songs that we both love to play. In the set we also put in one our own songs, Running On Empty, taken from the Newtown Boy album. We also gave the covers the band treatment.

What a night! The band was great, the fans were great, and made lots of noise that encouraged us to play on and on and on. We took what we felt were the best songs of the night. The band feels that there’s something for everybody that digs the blues.

The band is Neil on lead guitar - blistering solo’s - great blues player; Scott on drums. Neil and Scott have played together for years and it showed! Leon, playing rhythm, is from the USA, a friend of Neil’s cousin who lives there. And also Big Ed on bass, and of course Nigel on harp. Nigel played on the Trilogy albums - not only a great harp player, he also plays a great sax!

I hope you get as much pleasure listening to the album as we did playing the gig. Great night, great sound, great band!

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Review: Blues In Britain- 2008

This is Dennis Siggery's latest project. There are eleven tracks with ten classics and one of Dennis's own songs from his recent 'Newtown Boy' album. His band consists of Neil Sadler lead guitar; Leon Miller rhythm guitar; Edward Sterling bass and Scott Hunter drums. They are joined on a few tracks by Nigel Pugh on harp. This is a set of solid blues-rock.

'Rock Me Baby' chugs along nicely with a good guitar solo but full marks to the drummer and rhythm guitarist, the latter supplying some tasty riffs and licks. There are some gritty vocals from Dennis on 'Messing With The Kid', and when the tempo comes down for 'Stormy Monday Blues' his understated vocals contrast well with the fiery guitar work from Neil. Another slow blues follows, 'Red House' (obligatory aaargh! although I have not heard a version for a while!) and then Nigel joins in with some blasting blues harp on 'Help Me'. There is a slightly laid-back take on 'Little Red Rooster' with some more fine harp. Next is Dennis's original, 'Running On Empty', which basically has a boogie beat, with the drums pushing the song along. There is a moody reading of 'Born Under A Bad Sign' with good vocals and some high-energy guitar work. There is a heartfelt vocal performance on 'Reconsider Baby' and some tasty licks from the rhythm guitarist. 'Crossroads' gets the Cream/Eric C type treatment. Nigel rejoins the band as they rock out with a Them/boogie themed take on 'Baby, Please Don't Go".

This is a good all-round band performance. Gritty, tough vocals allied to some high-energy guitar work. The rhythm section does the business too, particularlyt powering along the up-tempo numbers. A special mention should go to the rhythm gfuitarist whose riffs and fills were spot-on. The recording quality is excellent with no intrusive crowd noise. If you like blues-rock then this is worth checking out.

Rating: 8
R. Jim Greaves
Blues in Britain