Siegel-Schwall Band - - back in a big way!
The legendary blues-rock band from the 60s & 70s who helped define the
The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band featuring co-founders Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall, along with Sam Lay and Rollo Radford, will be performing the very songs that put them on the charts all those years ago, which resulted in a huge audience of dedicated blues fans – still strong and dedicated as ever, today.
Sometime around 1965, the two met while in an elevator while attending
Soon after, Siegel and Schwall got a steady gig at the Pepper’s Show Lounge. They were the house band for all the blues masters who would come by and jam on Thursday nights. “Here we were, two young guys learning about the blues from the ones who created it! What fortune. What seems like the very next day, we got a record deal on Vanguard Records and that set the beginning of our music industry career in vinyl and stone,” says Corky.
The band, created out of a mutual love of the blues, was an instant success. Their fan base included Ted Nugent, Van Morrison, Johnny Winter, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Janis Joplin, all of whom tried to recruit them to play with their own bands.
The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band continued to perform in major rock palaces and clubs throughout the 60’s and 70’s, and recording on the Vanguard label. Then in 1974, at the height of their career, they took a sabbatical allowing them to pursue individual interests including educational careers.
When they re-formed the band for a reunion concert for a
Joining the band will be longtime friend and member, bassist Rollo Radford, who recorded with Siegel-Schwall on 7 of their 12 albums. Radford’s professional career began at age 19 when the legendary jazz vocalist Dinah Washington gave him his start. After serving in the Army, he returned to join the very popular Top 40’s sensation, Martha and the Vandellas.
Radford’s past television performances include the rock show hit, “Midnight Special”, the show “Soundstage” along with Muddy Waters, and on Public Television’s “Great Performances”, with Siegel-Schwall, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Symphony. Radford has also toured with rock and roll legend, Chuck Berry. Mr. Radford has lived in
Sam Lay is one of the most celebrated virtuoso drummers in blues history and a mainstay since the late 1950’s. He began his auspicious career in 1957 as drummer for the Original Thunderbirds and soon after became the drummer for the legendary harp genius, Little Walter. In the early 1960’s, Mr. Lay began recording and performing with the founding fathers of blues, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. The recordings Lay made during this time are considered to be among the most definitive works from the careers of Waters and Wolf.
In the late 1980’s, Lay was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in
This special two-night performance, along with a Friday workshop for area high school band students, is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Additioniol sponsorship provided by the Green Lake State Bank & Gagne Ford. Accommodations and meals provided by the Heidel House and Two Chez.
Tickets to see this legendary blues band are $25 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (