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Siggie The Vintage Man, The Hybrid Performer Who Strives to let Vintage music Relive Its Prime!

A combination of Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Townes Van Zandt would equate to Siggie The Vintage Man. Siggie is an artist that values not only the quality of his sound but also the enjoyment of his fans. His storytelling and interaction with the audience generates an immersive experience for all. His Americana style covers and originals provide sounds that will keep you clapping, singing, and stomping. Two notable quotes by Siggie that convey his themes as an artist are: “There’s a whole lot of voltage in the vintage,” and “Changing the world one song at a time.” Chilled sat down with Siggie to learn about his favorite drinks and bartending past.

Chillin’ With Siggie The Vintage Man

Tell us about the projects you are working on?

I finished my current major project last week, which was my new EP (recorded in Nashville) called “From Where I Need to Be.” I am going to take a little break for a few months now.

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

Spend time with family, fish, and watch baseball. However, I am not a couch potato because I can’t sit still for too long.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

I am up for most anything, but if I were to pick a favorite style it would be Mediterranean.

What types of dishes do you typically order?

I tend to gravitate to Falafel, Kabobs, or a meze plate from a Mediterranean restaurant.

Any favorite bars?

I really love the dive bars, nothing better than hanging with the salt of the earth folks.

What drinks do you order when out?

Mostly a double Grey Goose on the rocks with a lemon twist, but I have also been known to indulge in a nice whisky poured neat.

Chillin’ With Siggie The Vintage Man

Do you prepare drinks at home?

Well, I usually start with two beers in the hot tub every night if possible before dinner (when I am not performing) and then usually I will pour myself a whisky neat to wind down.

Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?

Several different brands of vodka, some of Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Gold Tequila, a few different local distilled bourbons, and some beer.

What’s your favorite drink?

Vodka on the rocks with a twist.

Have you ever been a bartender?

Yes, I bartended at many different establishments in my younger years. Mostly when I lived in Colorado.

 If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?

The late Leonard Cohen hands down.

Lifoti Magizine

James G. Signorelli (aka “Siggie”) grew up in Rhode Island,USA. Siggie’s Dad was a professional musician playing the lap steel guitar. Siggie got his first guitar at age 10 and he learned how to play rhythm guitar which allowed him to sit in with his Dad’s band (at the time they were called The Hawaiian Serenaders). His Dad’s band played primarily Hawaiian and Country music. Siggie also played in a couple of kid’s bands playing mostly at the school dances and local events. At age 14, he decided to focus on playing baseball and gave up playing the guitar altogether. While his dreams of making it to “THE SHOW” didn’t materialize at that time, he did have the opportunity to play baseball in Asia, Cuba and in many of the spring training stadiums throughout the USA, as well as the home of the Seattle Mariners Safeco Field (now known as T-Mobile Field).
At age 59, it was time for Siggie to hang up his baseball cleats, so what better time to start playing music again? He bought a Taylor acoustic/electric guitar at a local music store, learned a handful of cover songs and performed at every open mike night in the Seattle area for a year. His musical confidence grew and he was very comfortable performing on stage. He decided to take it to the next level and put on his first professional show at The Skylark in West Seattle in April 2016 for his 60 th birthday. It was a sold-out show and everyone who attended had a great time. Siggie The Vintage Man’s professional career officially started.
Since Siggie decided to start a new career in the music business at age 60, he thought it appropriate to coin a phrase/title so he came up with the name Siggie “The Vintage Man.” Here is his thinking behind this: “Well, I’m no spring chicken, but I’m more like a fine wine that has been waiting for many years to be uncorked,” truly Vintage.
Siggie was performing at a number of venues on a weekly basis in the Seattle area. He then started to write some of his own music, got in a recording studio (the infamous Bad Animals/Studio X in Seattle) and recorded his first album 300 Steps in the spring of 2017. He decided to move a little north of Seattle that same year and got some good breaks steadily performing about 45+ shows for the year.
Starting to get noticed and heard, he performed 87 shows during 2018, including The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, Washington. Unfortunately, due to a hand injury, he had to cancel the last six shows of the year and took four months off from performing. Since performing live was not an option while his hand recovered, he challenged himself to start writing more of his own songs.
2019 has been a little slower on the live show circuit with about 50+ shows, including returning for three shows at The Evergreen State Fair. Siggie will be traveling to Nashville in the fall to record his second album called Good Work (If You Can Get It). Some of the top A-List studio musicians will be working on this project with him and it should be released at the end of 2019.
While Siggie loves to write and perform his own music, he still loves to pay homage to some of his favorite artists that inspired him to pick up that guitar again. He takes great inspiration from Bob Dylan, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard and Leonard Cohen. Many people have made the remark that Siggie’s sound is a mixture of all these artists combined, not a bad comparison.

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Combine Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt together and you get Siggie The Vintage Man. Siggies storytelling and interaction with the audience makes for a fun time for all.

His Americana style performances live are a combination of songs that will keep you clapping singing and stomping. Just remember “THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF VOLTAGE IN THE VINTAGE, YEAH BABY”


What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?

Americana is my style, I blend in some modern folk, classic country and eastern European also in some of my songs as well .I throw in a few rock ballads as well.

How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?

Well I grew up playing some rhythm guitar (my dad was a professional musician) as a kid but at 14 I gave up all music to focus on playing baseball (never made the show but had a great run at it).When I turned 59 I decided that i wanted to give music a shot again, bought a Taylor guitar and hit every open night mike in Seattle for a year to see if I had what it takes to be on the stage and it seemed I did, had my first professional show on my birthday(sold out/standing room only) and I have been non stop since. Since I was no spring chicken(I tried for that name but it was already coined, HA HA) and at that point I thought well I am like a fine VINTAGE wine, at that point I became Siggie (short for Signorelli) The Vintage Man "YEAH BABY, that's what I am talking about.

What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely, John Prine and so many more I can't begin to list them but these artists style u can find in my songs. My new favorite band is Lucero, I just love their sound and there raw feeling

What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

Got a new record to be out by the end of the year.I am pretty sure I will title it Good Work If you Can Get It

What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

Playing for the people that's what I want to do and make some spending money along the way (mostly to pay off those nice guitars I have been collecting) I just play music now for a living, my only job and it is nice that I can get some DO-RA-ME for doing what I love

What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

Federales Daughter, people really like it and it is about love south of the border

I also like playing (now yet released, will be on this next CD/Body Of Work) 200 Miles From Somewhere since it changes up my normal style and it has nice lyrics (I think anyway).I wrote it in about 2 hours while watching the rain out my window.

What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

Rejection probability is the biggest challenge I face but I come from a Sales and Marketing background so I am not thin skinned. Many of the venues that rejected me first are now coming a calling on The V Man (since I am getting a solid name here locally in the Seattle area)

What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?

think- write- edit, not rocket science. My music is not some technical gem all I want to do it make a song that people appreciate and can sing to, clap to and makes them think about the subject matter a bit

How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

quite honestly I can tired of it sometimes but I do what is needed so I am on all the major platforms and have developed a pretty decent social following I believe. I dam sure am not any overnight sensation on You Tube or such but do have a little over 100,000 SOLID followers give or take

What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

Lucero, David Alan Cole, Robert Earl Keen, Steel Drivers, Mavericks, Warren Zevon are just some of the artists on my play lists

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

Sales and marketing all my life and played semi pro baseball in my younger days and played competitive baseball till I was 59 in The MABL

Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

Keep working on it, don't think you have all the talent and sit at your phone waiting for the right people to come to you. There are many and I mean many talented musicians (much more so than me) that never get anywhere cause they are full of themselves and lazy. It takes WORK-WORK-WORK and more WORK (for some folk more than others, like myself) but walk I lake in technical ability I make up for my stage presence and work ethic .Be professional , be on time, be respectful and don't take anything personal. I get a lot of folk asking me how I get all my gigs I say I work hard at it and feeling bad about rejection is not a option

What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

Can't say for sure since I am not in that position, i just go with the flow and find some way to benefit from the circumstances that arise so I do not try to be so judgmental about anything in particular and do not get stuck in a rut, just keep going forward since things change all the time and to be successful you need to adapt. I do want to say one thing to the folks on the top "DON'T SCREW THE ARTIST'S"

How Do You Feel About Originality?

I like it but do not feel bad about covering other artists since it is a honor I am bestowing upon them (as long as you follow all the copyright rules).Great to have your own stuff and make some $$$$ as well. I feel you should always just be you and see where that trip takes you, stay true to yourself

Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?


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