In the beginning...
'Neil Sadler' was given his first acoustic guitar at the age of 8 and later on as he became hooked on the music of Led Zeppelin he was drawn into the world of playing Rock, Blues and R 'n B. Neil at the age of 14, with an old Grundig, began a life-long interest of recording which inspired some early demos of him with bands such as Hazzard and The Moonwalkers.
In 1981, Neil had recording success as a pop-charting artist with the band ‘Sleeping Lions’. They were signed to CBS - a major record label at the time which later became Sony. The band was made up of Tony and Gaynor, Paul Robinson and Neil Sadler.
During this era, Neil was recorded in many prestigious studios including Air Studios, which was founded by the legendary George Martin - the Beatles Producer; SARM East - Trevor Horn of The Buggles' studio and Maison Rouge, which was Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull's studios. Unfortunately, this was during the Pre-MTV and YouTube era and so there are only rare snippets of visual and audio recordings in existence.
'Eric Street Band'
(2007 to 2016)
During the eighties, Neil moved on from Sleeping Lions to projects with other like-minded musicians, which gave him more creative control. In 1987, The UK Blues Project formed out of his musical roots but it is fair to say that Neil was disillusioned with the industry during this decade and working for himself on his own terms was the obvious career direction for him. Neil set up his own recording studios in 1994 – ‘No Machine Studios‘.
One of Neil's first album recordings of himself in his own studio was as 'The UK Blues Project', where he played Lead Guitar on their album 'No Rush'.
Since these early days of recording in No Machine Studios, Neil has recorded albums with many bands. Most notably, he played on, arranged, recorded and produced three albums with ‘Dennis Siggery’ who was a solo artist at the time; ten albums where Dennis and Neil were known as 'Eric Street Band' and three most recently recorded under their names - ‘Dennis Siggery and Neil Sadler’. The final album recorded with Dennis as Eric Street Band was 'Across The Board', in 2016. Commitments Neil had at the time prevented him from carrying on, however, Dennis continued with a different line-up.
What is not widely known is that Neil co-wrote the lyrics, composed the music and played all of the instruments on all the recordings of 'Dennis Siggery'; 'Eric Street Band' and 'Dennis Siggery and Neil Sadler', which were recorded in No Machine Studios. This collaboration has produced albums, which have gained global airplay and music industry recognition.
'Dennis Siggery and
During 2022, 'Dennis Siggery and Neil Sadler' recorded their third album - Testify. The album is recognisable as one of theirs - it is heavily guitar based with ambient atmospherics with a 'roots' vibe. Whilst the collaboration created lyrics written from the heart, Neil's individuality as a multi-skilled musician and producer shaped the soundscape which he attributes to his appreciation of the craftsmanship of early blues' artists. Neil particularly wanted the tracks to sound contemporary and valid as authentic blues / rock songs whilst remaining accessible to their audience. This care and attention to create this album required a considerable amount of time and was therefore a year in the making. Upon hearing the album, Tony Corner, presenter of 'Blues Corner' on Blues Radio UK likened Neil's guitar playing to Gary Moore.
The album 'Testify' released on 10 February 2023 is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon as well as other music platforms. Videos for three of the tracks have been created and are available to view on YouTube.
Larry Miller and Blue Touch all happened around the same time and Neil performed live with both of these bands; recorded in his studios all of Larry Miller's albums from 'Larryocaster' onwards and all of the Blue Touch's albums up to March 2022. During the pandemic Neil created the album 'The Music of Robert Johnson' before adding some vocals and bass by two members of Blue Touch. The album was released as a Blue Touch album, which became the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association's album of the month in April 2022. The original version of the album has since been restored and will be available later in 2023 as an alternative release known as 'The Songs of Robert Johnson'.
Info relating to Neil's band will be published, shortly...
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