Ben Siems | Sun's Gonna Shine

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Sun's Gonna Shine

by Ben Siems

An acoustic album featuring original songs in the Delta blues and singer-songwriter folk traditions, as well as new arrangements of blues classics by the likes of Son House and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Early Morning Blue (feat. Jeremy Hauer & Graydon Peterson)
2:56 $0.99
2. Preachin' Blues (feat. Jeremy Hauer & Graydon Peterson)
4:47 $0.99
3. Sun's Gonna Shine (feat. Jeremy Hauer)
5:12 $0.99
4. Drought Prayer
3:35 $0.99
5. Can't See No Sense (feat. Karin Dahlin & Jeremy Hauer)
4:25 $0.99
6. Riverside Blues (feat. Graydon Peterson & Jeremy Hauer)
5:47 $0.99
7. Shuckin' Sugar Blues
4:17 $0.99
8. Black Woman
5:08 $0.99
9. Hazard, KY (feat. Jeremy Hauer, Ed Cadman & Karin Dahlin)
5:41 $0.99
10. Crazy Blue (feat. Karin Dahlin & Jeremy Hauer)
8:51 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Best known for his work in the jazz, classical, and experimental music realms, Ben Siems has returned to his roots with the 2014 Memorial Edition of Sun's Gonna Shine, dedicated to the memory of a late friend. Those familiar with Siems' vast catalog of instrumental music will be delighted to discover his gift for evocative lyric-writing, ranging from striking imagery rooted in early blues traditions to heart-rending storytelling to waggish sarcasm. For most listeners, this album also represents their very first chance to hear the guitarist's mastery of traditional Delta blues, including a delicate slide guitar style distinctly his own. Supportive and tasteful percussion work by Jeremy Hauer (Siems' long-time bandmate in The Willie August Project jazz trio) is to be enjoyed on most tracks, and cellist Ed Cadman adds breathtaking atmospheric beauty to "Hazard, KY," a poignant ballad about a coal mining town fallen on hard times. Powerhouse vocalist Karin Dahlin gives the venting Siems a humorous verbal thrashing on the "Hit the Road Jack"-esque duet, "Can't See No Sense." Dahlin returns, her voice beautifully sweetened, for the dreamy closing number, "Crazy Blue," a romantic paean to rivers, summer, and the mysteries of nature and the soul. Perhaps the most moving song of all, however, is the title track, in which Siems tells the story of the "woman of the waterfall" to whom the album is dedicated.



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