“Spiegel is ALL presence, authority, rhythm and drive. He epitomizes control, soul and passion with white hot ferocity and blazing instrumental mastery dangerous enough to spark a destructive inferno.”
– The Age, Melbourne
“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.”
– Rolling Stone Australia
With 8 albums, a swag of accolades to his name and 27 years writing, performing and recording, Lloyd Spiegel is an artist at the forefront and cutting edge of Australian Blues. It’s that unique experience combined with a relentless touring schedule and stage presence well beyond his years that has seen him become a driving force in Australian blues and one of most respected guitarists in the country, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the 50 top Australian guitarists of all time.
Since age 13, Spiegel has toured the globe with frequent visits to Europe, New Zealand and the United States where he has performed at major festivals and iconic Juke Joints as well as supporting the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James on tour. He has sat with the founding fathers of modern blues from Brownie McGhee to Luther Allison and more recently, found great success in Japan, performing sold out concerts at Tokyo Disneyland.
Since 2004, Lloyd has been the world-wide demonstrator and premier endorsee for Cole Clark Guitars. Now a world famous Australian brand, Cole Clark design and build their instruments with Lloyd’s hard hitting style in mind and as a result he has been invited to perform at countless major guitar events and has been honoured with 2 signature model guitars, currently available in stores world-wide.
Growing up in the music business, naturally Lloyd is passionate about promoting the blues scene and mentoring the next generation. He has taken countless young artists under his wing who have since become multi-award winning performers in their own right and he has been an advocate for blues in Australia, chosen as the ambassador to the Australian Blues Music festival from 2005-2008 as well as ambassador to ‘youth in blues’.Spiegel’s unique history, command of his instrument and powerful stage persona puts him at the cutting edge of Australian Blues, re-inventing the style for the masses and opening new doors for Australian blues artists while maintaining a close relationship with the foundations and traditions of the blues.
In 2015 Spiegel released “Double Live Set” which peaked at #7 on the Australian independent charts, #14 on the ARIA Jazz/Blues chart and debuted at #1 on the Australian Blues/Roots chart. The album won 4 Australian Blues Music Awards.
Says Spiegel of the new album Backroads: “So much of what I’ve written in the past is focussed on where I’m going. Both literally and figuratively. I’m a driven person and never really paused to think about the sacrifices, what I’ve left behind till I sat for a moment and started writing”
“The plan to step outside of what people might expect from me, sound fresh and push harder made it feel like I had no boundaries placed on me and I had a sense of creative freedom with this one that I hadn’t felt before. I hadn’t really let loose with an electric guitar on record since I was a teenager…. it felt good.”
2018 Australian Blues Awards – Artist of the year
2018 Australian Blues Awards – Album of the year
2017 VICTAS Blues Awards – Solo Artist of the year
2017 VICTAS Blues Awards – Album of the year
2017 VICTAS Blues Awards – Song of the year
2016 Australian Blues Awards – Artist of the year
2016 Australian Blues Awards – Album of the year
2016 Australian Blues Awards – Song of the year
2016 Australian Blues Awards – Producer of the year
2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Solo/duo of the year
2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Song of the year
2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Album of the year
2010 Victorian Blues award – Male artist of the year
2010 Victorian Blues award – Producer of the year
2010 Victorian Blues award – Solo/duo of the year
2005 Australian Blues Award – Male artist of the year
2004 Victorian Blues Aaward – Solo/duo of the year
2004 Victorian Blues Award – Male artist of the year
2004 Victorian Blues Award – Song of the year