Paul Siegel, Singer/Songwriter

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Paul Siegel was born and raised in the lower Hudson River Valley of New York State, where rural and urban influences collide. He has been writing songs since he was twelve years old. Inspired, as a youth, by the great writing of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, his lyrics are both intelligent and colloquial. Influenced by guitarists from Eric Clapton to Pat Metheny to King Sunny Ade, his style uniquely fuses a sublime rhythmic approach with the beauty of concise melodic statement. His voice ranges from a quiet intimacy to an enthusiastic growl evoking the blues and folk and funk vocalists of our American traditions.

Having the good fortune to play with great musicians he has led various projects dedicated to his material. Dogtalk, an "infectious groove" funky rock band (think Talking Heads) from 1985-1990; Charley Django, a grunge rock band featuring Paul's unique flavor (think Pearl Jam meets Dave Matthews) from 1993-1996; Baggabones, embracing more of our folk traditions, from 1998-1999; Chester from 2001 - 2003. Since that time Paul has focused on his solo performance. He released "After Willoughby Station" in 2004 and, with his wife, the writer Leyna d'Ancona, is currently working on a musical theater interpretation of his unreleased body of work from the 90''s. He also is writing new material for an album he hopes to produce in the next few years.