Music to My Ears

Releasing a concept album unleashes a whole lot of questions from listeners…and that’s a good thing! Many of you have wanted to know why I chose the songs that appeared on my new album “Rhyme & Season.” Others, mostly reviewers, wanted to know why I called the album “Rhyme & Season.” And lately I’ve been getting more questions about the homeless and how you can get involved. THAT’S music to my ears!!

Behind the Songs LogoI’ve sent out six announcements that delve into the reasons for each song choice as well as the reason for the album. In case you missed any of them, I’ve posted them on the website under Recordings>Rhyme & Season>Behind the Songs. You’ll also find the lyrics and the names of bandmates that were featured on each song.

I love receiving your comments and hope that you’ll let me know how this collection of songs moved you. You can email me at info@jamesreams.com.

Interview with “I Had to Ask” Hosted by Lillian Freeman

Lillian Freeman Interviews JamesWhile I was at the 2015 World of Bluegrass I ran into the energetic and engaging host of “I Had to Ask” a podcast that covers a multitude of topics but when it comes to music…it’s all about bluegrass. Lillian Freeman is just 13 years old and yet the questions she poses are the most insightful that I’ve ever been asked. She had me bareing my soul in no time! We talked quite a bit about the impetus behind my new album, Rhyme & Season, which will be coming out in March and how childhood/young adult experiences shaped this concept album. I was delighted to speak with her and hope you enjoy the conversation as well. Here’s the link:  Episode 38: Interview with James Reams.

In the News

Bluegrass Today Article 5:18:15

 

Hey folks, in case you didn’t notice Richard Thompson of Bluegrass Today ran an article about my new album, Rhyme & Season, on May 18th. This guy has a great way with words and turned just a few comments from me into a beautiful, well-written article that I hope you enjoy reading it!

 

Honoring the Spirit of Motherhood

Mother’s Day invites us to honor the strength and courage of mothers past and present. Not so long ago, mothers held their little ones close and offered hope for the future as the family farm fell to the auctioneer’s hammer. Today, homeless mothers and their children litter our streets in a scenario that hasn’t changed much in a hundred years. Mothers are still the glue that holds families together.

This Mother’s Day I hope you’ll request your favorite DJ to play a song I wrote called “Troubled Times,” the title track from my CD of the same name. This song embodies the faith and love of mothers everywhere when faced with hard times. The lyrics are just as true today as more and more families become homeless due to foreclosures.

I am continuing to prep material for my newest album, Rhyme & Season, which I hope will raise awareness about those who are homeless…but I need your help. If you haven’t already contributed to the Kickstarter Campaign, please listen to “Troubled Times” available for a short time on my website. This heartfelt song represents just one of the stories of the homeless. I hope you’ll help me tell a few more.

Help Me Complete My New Album!

Seasons CoverHey folks! I’m just so excited about this new project. Everything is coming together and we’re getting ready to begin the recording phase. That’s when the expenses just get to be more than my pocketbook can manage. So, I’ve launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the production costs associated with completing the album.

Check it out! You’ll notice that I’ve put together some enticing rewards for you, but more than that, I hope you’ll take pride in sponsoring an album that hopes to raise awareness about the homeless. I have to raise $5,000 by May 31st or the project won’t fund. Please help me get the word out by contacting your local bluegrass association, DJ, newspaper, friends…well, you get the idea!  Thanks so much!

Turkey and Trotters

What does your Thanksgiving table look like right before everyone sits down to feast? Is it groaning under a perfectly browned turkey or ham with those little pineapple rings and maraschino cherries? Is it stacked high with sweet taters, green bean casserole, cranberry relish/sauce (I’m not getting into that debate!), hot rolls dripping with butter, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream waiting in the wings? And when you gather together, will you share what you are most thankful for this year?

I recently had someone ask me to sum up Thanksgiving in one word…and I said, “Grateful.” Then, of course, I had to clarify that I didn’t mean the Grateful Dead, that would be Halloween! But, in all truthfulness, I am grateful for so many blessings that have come into my life. I am grateful that I survived vocal chord paralysis many years ago and can still do what I love best…sing! I’m grateful for all the new friends that I’ve made since moving to Arizona. I’m grateful for the opportunity to perform with so many talented musicians. And, of course, I’m grateful for my family and loved ones!

But it’s even more than that…I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here on this earth and the opportunity to make a difference if only in one person’s life. A smile, a kind word, a helping hand…that’s the giving part that often gets overlooked in this holiday season. So when you’re looking at a mountain of leftovers after everyone has pushed back from the table, box ‘em up and share them with the homeless in your area. It can be a great teachable moment for kids as well as a blessing for everyone involved.

I hope your Thanksgiving is full of thanks and opportunities for giving as well.