An Early Christmas Present

RMR 12-10 Chart   I just wanted to send out a big ole “Thank You!” for the incredible response you’ve given to my new album “Rhyme & Season.” A good friend of mine contacted me over the weekend and said, “Did you know that your album is charting on Roots Music Report?” I’ve been so busy lately that I hadn’t bothered to check in a while and sure enough, there it is, listed at number 37 and rising on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Bluegrass Chart. What a great early Christmas present, especially since it came from all of you!!!

I sure hope you and yours have a wonderful and blessed Holiday Season!



Can You Help?

I want to let you know about a charity event that I will be participating in this December. It’s called the Cure GM1 Charity Concert. The folks that have organized this event, andGM1 Poster some of those participating in it, have young children that have been diagnosed with a rare, and fatal, disease called GM1. Those living with GM1 must watch as their children lose the ability to walk, stand, speak, even swallow. Their vibrant lives are cut drastically short. But there is good news. A cure may be on the horizon thanks to promising research from Auburn and UMass Medical Schools. All that’s lacking to gain FDA approval is the required testing. I know that you can’t all drive down to Tucson, AZ and support this fundraising effort, but you can donate online. Please consider the Cure GM1 Foundation as you plan your holiday giving. Every little bit helps move them closer to possibly having a cure by 2017. Thank you and God bless.

Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!

As I walk around in shirt sleeves and sandals, I’m reminded how blessed I am to be here in sunny Arizona and to be doing what I love the most…making music. The new album is in it’s final stages and I just get more excited each time we complete another song. Life is indeed good and I have so much to be thankful for, including all of you! I hope and pray that you and your loved ones have a safe, wonder-filled and peaceful holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

christmas snowman w banjoThank you for a wonderful year of support for bluegrass music. I wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season. May 2015 be an extraordinary year in your life. Keep on singing and jamming!

Peace and Goodwill to All!

At this time of year, many of us turn our thoughts to how we can help others. Charitable contributions generally see a sharp increase during the holidays, homeless shelters have more volunteers, food banks receive extra donations. Giving makes us happy, whether we give from our abundance or from our poverty. As I think back on the many blessings I have received this past year, what I remember most are the opportunities for giving that came my way. The joy of giving back still brings a smile to my face and lightens my heart. I encourage you to experience this happiness for yourself and give generously this holiday season.


FREE Stuff and More to Make Your Holidays Bright!

Barnstormin CD Free Download

Hard up for cash this holiday season? Take advantage of my FREE album download available at NoiseTrade. I originally made the Barnstormin’ album available this year as a thank you to bluegrass followers everywhere in celebration of my 20th anniversary as a bandleader, but hey, it works as a great gift too! Just include the link in your e-card or letter to friends and family and turn them on to some great bluegrass. What could be simpler?

dvd-cd giftsAnd if your pockets aren’t empty (yet!), then how about cybershopping my artist page at CDBaby. The recently released DVD documentary “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass” would be a welcome addition to any bluegrass historian’s library and is just $20. And don’t forget to throw in a CD of some great bluegrass music! Our most recent album, “One Foot in the Honky Tonk” made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists and had a single that charted nationally. Or perhaps you want to go with a bigger bang for your buck? Well then, how about the double set “Troubled Times” which includes the highly acclaimed CD featuring original songs and new arrangements of classics PLUS a DVD of the full-length docmentary “Rollin’ On” about life on the road with me and the band.

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Looking for some non-musical bluegrass items? I’ve got that too! At the James Reams Market (powered by CafePress) there’s a whole line of items from T-shirts to embroidered baseball caps to chambray workshirts featuring the logo of your favorite bluegrass band! And what bluegrass lover doesn’t enjoy waking up in the morning to a nice hot cup of coffee? Well, now that coffee can be served in a mug or travel mug that let’s everyone know you’re a bluegrass lover.

Simply click on the item choices displayed across the top of the site to see the most popular items. To see the full collection, choose from the gray sidebar under “Shop by Collection.” Choices include Miscellaneous (golf balls, canvas bags, totes, office items, stickers etc.), Drinkware (water bottles, coffee mugs, thermos, even coasters!), and Apparel (hats, shirts, aprons, flip flops…everything you need to outfit yourself for a bluegrass festival). There are over 400 items to choose from at the James Reams Market so there’s sure to be something unique to please that “hard to buy for” loved one or friend.

Shameless promoting aside, I do wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. All the best to you in 2014!