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Beat Farmers Singer Bernard 'Buddy' Seigal 1957-2006

by Geoff Boucher


Bernard 'Buddy' Seigal

LA MESA, California - Bernard 'Buddy' Seigal, a signature player in the San Diego roots-music scene, as well as a fiery music essayist known for his encyclopedic knowledge and flair for the profane, died Sunday, April 2 at his home in La Mesa, California He was 48.

Seigal suffered a heart attack, according to Will Swaim, a friend and colleague at the OC Weekly, where Seigal's features and reviews had been published since the mid-1990s.

The singer and guitarist performed under the stage name Buddy Blue and was a founding member of The Beat Farmers, a San Diego outfit that began in an El Centro bar and eventually attracted some national attention for their alt-country and rock meld.


The Beat Farmers

Seigal left the group during the recording sessions for their third album, the 1986 release "Van Go," although he later performed with a reconstituted version called The Farmers. He also had a notable solo career and played under the marquees of such acts as tThe Buddy Blue Band, The Rockin' Roulettes, The Jacks and Raney Blue.

In Southern California, Seigal became perhaps more renowned in the 1990s as a music writer, contributing to numerous publications, among them The Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Orange County Register and the San Diego Union Tribune

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