Well known as the leader, guitarist, and composer of The Willie August Project (see the MusicXRay, Andean Fire Circle), Ben Siems is also an accomplished solo performer, with a unique brand of folk-blues fusion that is somehow true to tradition and fresh and new all at the same time.
Siems' extensive list of honors include: Runner-Up and Honorable Mention Awards, 2008 Song of the Year and indie singer-songwriter association international songwriting contests; 6 grants from New York City's Meet the Composer, Inc.; 3 grant awards from the American Composers Forum; and #1 New Addition, XM Satellite Radio Real Jazz 70, January 2006.
Well I been standin' on the corner, waiting for that morning train. I been standin' on the corner, waiting for that morning train. You see my blues fall down, Mama, like showers of rain.
I can't see no reason, why she treat me mean. Say I can't see no reason, why she treat me mean. Must be the meanest old gal, Mama, that I ever seen.
And I'll leave this morning, won't be back no more. Say I'll leave this morning, won't be back no more. I'm gonna roam that highway, 'til I'm eighty-four.