John Sieger

Singer-songwriter

Having written songs for over twenty artists, including Dwight Yoakam, The Bodeans and Jerry Harrison, John Sieger still has a few left over. He has used them in bands going back to the newly reunited R&B Cadets, once produced by the amazing Nick Lowe, and Semi-Twang, whose debut on Warner Brothers was a critic’s fave.

Recently John collaborated with guitar phenom Greg Koch, producing over 70 songs, some of which are found on his latest release, A Walk In The Park and Greg’s disc, Plays Well With Others. This year saw successful resurrection of the Cadets, a band he co-leads with the amazing Paul Cebar that’s simply impossible to sit still to.

His latest project is The Monthly Beatdown, a song every month on WUWM's Lake Effect program. John will bring friends into the studio to perform with him and have a bit of conversation about the song and things in general.

Every month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger comes to the Lake Effect performance studio to play a song with friends and fellow musicians. 

In this The Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger, the singer-songwriter plays a tune with two members the group Semi-Twang, Mike Sieger on bass and Mike Hoffmann on Nashville, high strung guitar ahead of the group's performance at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point tonight.

Every month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger comes to the Lake Effect performance studio to play a song with friends and fellow musicians. 

This month, Sieger will be performing at Boswell Book Company at an event for the book T. Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit. The book looks at the life of legendary music producer and singer-songwriter, T Bone Burnett. 

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play a song.

For the November special edition of The Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger, the singer-songwriter has a Thanksgiving themed song called "No One to Thanks But Myself." 

John Sieger, and a host of other musicians, with “No One to Thank But Myself,” a Thanksgiving edition of The Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger.

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All year, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger has joined us in the studio for a segment called The Monthly Beatdown.

This month, harmonica player Steve Cohen joined Sieger in the studio to play, "The Royal Flush."

Siegar notes that he has a guitar in his powder room, where he's written several songs. This song, despite being written in a bathroom is "not about what you think it is," Sieger jokes. "It's about the card hand, and I'm thinking that possibly I'll be able to sell it to Kenny Rodgers because he did 'The Gambler,' so maybe he'll like this."

All year, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger has joined us in the studio for a segment called The Monthly Beatdown.

Bonnie North

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play and chat.

This month, he was joined in studio by Phil Lee to play a song called, “I Apologize for What You Did.”

The idea for the song came from the simple concept of difficult people we encounter in our lives that do not take ownership of their mistakes or faults.

"(For) this (song), I thought about people who do terrible things and expect you to apologize for what you did," Sieger explains.

Bonnie North

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play and chat.

This month, he was joined in studio by his brother Mike Sieger and singer-songwriter Loey Norquist to perform their song, "Have You Been True to the Blues." Norquist and Sieger are currently creating a record together. Although he wrote the song, Sieger says he's not really sure what "Have You Been True to the Blues," means.

Bonnie North

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play and chat.

For May's The Monthly Beatdown, Sieger is joined only by his alter ego to perform I'm A Big Boy Now.

Bonnie North

Today is the third installment of the monthly music series The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

This month, his group is composed of fellow R&B Cadets Paul Cebar and Robin Pluer to play Kidnap You Baby.

Bonnie North

Today is the second installment of the monthly music series The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

Bonnie North

Today marks the debut of a new monthly music series: The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger will bring friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

This month we hear "Frozen River", a song by Sieger and Milwaukee guitarist Greg Koch. Greg wrote the melody while he was on tour in Europe and sent it to John, who crafted the lyrics. He's joined in the studio by Greg on electric guitar and Greg's son Dylan on percussion.