Bernard Seigal, best known as BUDDY BLUE, died from a heart attack in La Mesa, California, April 2. He was 48. Blue was a founding member of the seminal San Diego alt-country band the Beat Farmers and played on their first three albums. He went on to form the R&B-styled Jacks (who recorded Jacks Are Wild for Rounder in 1988), and a series of jump-blues albums under various names. He also maintained a career as a music critic, contributing to several California newspapers.