Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album Now Released

Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album Now Released

Today, the bluegrass balladeer James Reams released the long-awaited two-disc, 30-track Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album on Mountain Redbird Music at all major streaming and purchasing outlets. The project comes on the heels of his successful documentary film, Like A Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage last year. The film celebrates his long career in music with heartwarming stories from his adventurous life and available on Amazon Prime and for DVD purchase.

“With both his life and career marked by highs and lows; challenge and triumph; Reams has always come through as a survivor; a champion with an indelible sense of humor. He has faced a life-threatening illness in his youth; homelessness; a bout with vocal cord paralysis that threatened his career; and the heartbreaking loss of his beloved partner and greatest advocate, Tina Aridas, to cancer. Still, James has endured as a songwriter, entertainer, and a supporter of other artists and musicians — always with optimism and determination,” JubileeCast.

Critics agree this is a monumental documentary and soundtrack album.

Documentary: “If you’re into bluegrass, you know that Reams has been around through a hectic stretch in its history and turned in some of its most compelling works along the way – here, his story gets the platform it earned two and a half decades ago.” ~ The Hollywood Digest

Soundtrack Album: “When I think of James Reams, the word that immediately comes to mind is Authenticity. He approaches his music from a place of Heart, Soul, and Conviction that is genuine and authentic.” ~ Country Standard Time

James Reams and The Barnstormers will celebrate the album release on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Pinal Agri-County Bluegrass Festival in Casa Grande, Arizona. Fans can purchase the new album at the show or stream and purchase at all major outlets today. Recently the band performed during the International Bluegrass Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and a residency on the Las Vegas strip.

Like A Flowing River & Soundtrack Album was released to radio programmers worldwide weeks ago and quickly landed in the #1 and #2 spots on AirPlay Direct’s Top Album Chart and dominated the Top 50 Bluegrass Song chart with all tracks from the album appearing in the top slots. Since there are 30 tracks on the album, the chart success was split into the two top spots. “Red Rocking Chair” has been a hit at radio and is his most downloaded song by radio programmers. The song video can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook, and JamesReams.com.

James is thrilled with the album release saying, “I just want to thank everyone who made this possible. My journey has been touched by so many and I’m grateful every single day!”

Like A Flowing River & Soundtrack Album is now available at all major streaming and purchasing outlets including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Amazon Music. Please visit JamesReams.com for additional information. Also, follow James Reams and The Barnstormers on Spotify, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

More on James Reams

Reams is a true bluegrass music ambassador and a talented filmmaker. In May, he represented bluegrass music at the MIM called the “Greatest Global Music Museum in the World.” The collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects includes examples from nearly 200 countries and territories, representing every inhabited continent.

He also produced the documentary film “Making History with The Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words.” He dedicated the film to his late and beloved companion, Tina Aridas. The film includes his discussions with first-generation bluegrassers such as Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman, and Jesse McReynolds.

 

Like A Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage, available now on Amazon.

The Untold Story: The Struggle Behind A Film

I hope everyone is safe during these times. Part of the truth of life is we feel compelled to pursue our goals, despite what may be happening around us. Sometimes we feel nervous, stretched, or even at risk, maybe that lets us know we’re on the right track, or in the right boat. Filming this documentary felt like that at times.
 
I had some doubts and fears when we started making the documentary. Yet my heart kept telling me what an amazing opportunity, to be able to tell a story of survival, an inspiration for those who think “not me”. We all fear, but that can create growth and change.

James Reams & The Barnstormers are happy to announce that the documentary Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage is available now.

Like A Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage

Click here to pre-order on Amazon!

Roll ‘Em!

AZ Film Fest - Patrick Tourville

Filmmakers Reams, Bowman and Tourville

I have to say that I was thrilled by the response we for the 1st Annual Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival right here in Phoenix. Thanks to all of you that came out for the event! Arizona Republic even wrote a nice article about the festival. Several of those present were brand new to bluegrass…and that was music to my ears! It just doesn’t get any better than to share my passion for this music with someone who’s just had their first sip of vintage bluegrass. As they learned about how this music came into being; listened to clips from the likes of The Seldom Scene, David Grisman, Doyle Lawson, The Travelers and Del McCoury; and experienced the love and family atmosphere that surrounds this genre…many were changed, converted by their exposure to the genuine article.

AZ Film Fest

Plans are already underway for a bigger and even better film festival in 2015. Stay tuned!

It’s Here! The Music Video Is Finally Here!!!!

Video Cover blueIt has long been a dream of mine to create a music video featuring the song “Almost Hear the Blues.” Stonewall Jackson wrote this song and when he sang it to me over the telephone it conjured up such vivid pictures in my head that I knew one day, when I had the chance to make a music video, this would be the song for it.

I’ve been saying that the bluegrass industry needs to kick it up a notch and start making more music videos as that’s what appeals to the visually-stimulated generation of today. So I decided to put my money where my mouth is and this is the result. I worked with a talented filmmaker from the west coast, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films, and thankfully we were able to pull this together without breaking the bank.

Here’s a little background about the video itself.  As we kicked around ideas, we decided to tell the story of a man who sought perfection in love and ended up alone. We used shots of remembered festivals and dancing to this same song with his sweetheart as kids to show happier times and then cut to images that brought to mind the full impact of his loneliness. It isn’t until she’s actually gone that he’s able to let go of the idea of the perfect woman and go after her.

“Almost Hear the Blues” is included on my 8th CD, “One Foot in the Honky Tonk” which was released in 2011. The song charted nationally and the CD was featured on two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. To read more about it, just click on the CD title. I sure hope you like our little video!

You like it…you really like it!!

I’ve been sitting on pins and needles since the release of the DVD documentary “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass” wondering if viewers would like it. Would they see it as the preservation of a slice of bluegrass history, as a tribute to those pioneers that worked so hard to give us this musical genre that we know and love? The response has been overwhelmingly supportive, enthusiastic, and grateful. I’ve received cards, emails, and phone calls from excited folks all over the US. I thought I would share with you what some of these viewers had to say:

“I have just finished watching the DVD twice and I just had to write to you to express my thanks for your passion for this project. It is evident from the first line to the very last fiddle note by Art Stamper. Wow!” ~ a fellow Bluegrass Nut

“I appreciated the video and was happy to support its’ production. I’m from Kentucky and grew up with this music. Bless you for reviving memories.” ~ Doris S., Kentucky

“The DVD was well conceived and executed. I had fun listening to the anecdotes and became a more rounded and educated bluegrass fan. James, your DVD adds so much more to the story of bluegrass. I feel as though I am living those times with the musicians. I will cherish it and watch it over and over.” ~ Gary R., Virginia

“James , I was very impressed with your DVD. Looks like a lot of time and energy went into your project. I saw a couple of surprises while watching, one was Charlie Bailey, that was neat. The other was Mac Martin and Mike Carson, Mac is my uncle and it’s great to see him getting some attention. You did a great job with all the interviews, lots of luck!” ~  John M., Pennsylvania

“The Pioneers of Bluegrass gives the viewers both novices and hardcore bluegrass fans insight into the life experiences of many well-known bluegrass musicians. This DVD captures their true life stories of growing up, how they got into this business, and some experiences of their road travels. Musicians both past and present were interviewed. I was riveted to this DVD the entire time it was playing. It is a ‘Must Have’ for all bluegrass fans who want to know how it all started!!” ~ Al Shusterman, KCBL Radio, California

Thank you so much for embracing this film in the spirit with which it was offered.

 

A Promise Kept

(Click on DVD cover to view trailer)

I can’t believe it! When I got back from Wisconsin, I learned that the DVDs for the film documentary “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words” had finally been delivered!!! I feel like a kid at Christmas. I’ve been dreaming about this moment since I first had the idea for the film back in 2002. There were so many times that I just wanted to throw my hands up in the air and give up, but something made me keep on trying. Maybe it was the promise I made to my partner, Tina Aridas, before she passed away…maybe it was all those unspoken promises I made to those who were interviewed for the film…maybe it was the silent promise I made to future generations of bluegrassers. At last I can say that I’ve kept those promises.

My thanks again to all who those legends that appeared in the film and to all of you that supported the Kickstarter campaign that helped get this film out the door. I hope that those of you who see the film recognize it’s historical value and that it prompts you to dig even deeper into the lives and music of these pioneers. As I’ve said all along, the purpose of this film is to preserve the stories of these pioneers and the film delivers on that promise too, in traditional bluegrass fashion – straight up with no fancy stuff.

“Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass” is available from CDBaby.com and from Mountain Redbird Music (order form is available on the Store menu of this website) as well as from the gift shop at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.