“Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves”

“Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves”

Litchfield Park, Az. (February 23, 2022)  – Mountain Redbird Music is proud to announce a new single and video, “Diesel Smoke Dangerous Curves,” from James Reams. The song appears on his recently released album Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album. Reams’ highwire voice is immediately recognizable as he takes you on a wild ride on the track. The video is available now on YouTube and JamesReams.com. The song is available at all major streaming and purchasing outlets.

“When I first heard ‘Diesel Smoke Dangerous Curves,’ I thought to myself that is one great trucking song. When I think of truck drivers, I can’t be grateful enough because, as front liners, they have kept us with food and everything else, even when their lives are on the line when they are amid Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves,” said Reams.

Reams’ music has been welcomed on Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana radio. Renowned Americana DJ Darwin Lee Hills says, “Put your pedal to the metal with ‘Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves’ by James Reams. It’s REAL MOTORVATIN’ BLUEGRASS!”

James Reams is known for his traditional music performed with his signature style and emotional delivery. With years of experience under his belt, he delivers an energetic stage show with enormous stamina, mesmerizing audiences and critics alike. “James Reams and the Barnstormers have built a solid reputation for lively, spirited, soulful, no-frills-added bluegrass with a nice mix of traditional numbers, covers, and originals. Fronted by his rustic and rural lead vocals, they dish up exciting bluegrass in a classic old-school style of yesteryear,” Joss Ross, bluegrass music album reviewer.

Like A Flowing River & Soundtrack Album celebrates the popular documentary available now Amazon Prime Video. The album was released to radio programmers worldwide last month and immediately landed in the #1 and #2 spots on AirPlay Direct’s Top Album Chart. Music fans can stream or purchase at all major outlets, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Amazon Music.

Please visit JamesReams.com for additional information and follow James Reams and The Barnstormers on Spotify, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook


The World of Bluegrass Just Got Bigger!

Hi folks! I just got back from the 2016 World of Bluegrass conference. What a week! I’m planning to share more of the happenings with you in the upcoming Barnstormer Newsletter next month but thought you might like a sneak peek!

The highlight of the week was, of course, the IBMA award show. Hobnobbing with Bluegrass Unlimited’s Kitsy Kuykendall, bluegrass legend Ronnie Reno, my buddy Larry Stephenson of the Larry Stephenson Band, as well as all the good folks from Bluegrass Today before the show was so much fun. But I had no idea what an emotional experience was in store when I arrived that evening. You could have knocked me and a whole bunch of other folks over with a feather when my dear friend, Danny Paisley’s name was called as the Male Vocalist of the Year. I’ve known Danny for just about his whole career. We’ve played at the same festivals, clawing for every scrap of meat off the bluegrass bone we could get. It brought tears to my eyes and to those around me, to see him stand up there, obviously shaken, and accept his award. And he certainly deserved the win. Wow! What a thrill!! Congratulations Danny…you are an inspiration to us all!

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.

2016 is Shaping Up to be a BIG year!

Wow! We’re barely into the new year and I’m already overwhelmed by all the great happenings coming up just in the first quarter! We’ll be laying down the final tracks for the new album in February and shooting for a street date in late March. Also, I just got word that I’ve been accepted into the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016…what an honor!

birthday cake

AND, to top off this first quarter of the new year, I’ll be having a BIG birthday celebration on January 10th. No, I’m not telling you just how big, but believe me when I say it’s a big one! So in honor of all the great stuff going on, I hope you’ll give your local bluegrass DJ a call and ask them to play a song by yours truly to help me celebrate! It’s certainly the best gift for a musician!!