“King of the Blues” Single and Video Release

“King of the Blues” Single and Video Release

The bluegrass balladeer James Reams releases the single and video for “King of the Blues,” from his recently released album Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album on Mountain Redbird Music. “King of the Blues” is a deep song that talks about the bitterness of a man’s life who is sad at his broken palace with nothing to lose; however, he is the king, the king of the blues. The video is available now on YouTube and JamesReams.com. Additionally, the song is available at all major streaming and purchasing outlets.

“I love this song because most of life experiences involve relationships. When relationships are over, they can leave complete chaos. Songwriting is wonderful because it’s self-expression which naturally lends itself to a story like this about the end of love and following destruction,” explains Reams.

The album is the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed documentary film, Like A Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage, now available on Amazon Prime Video. The album includes 30 remastered tracks plus a bonus track; many are unreleased with some live recordings. In addition, James Reams collaborated with his band The Barnstormers and with legendary banjo player Walter Hensley and seminal musician Tom Paley on this album that acts as a 30-year retrospective.

Critics applaud the documentary, Like A Flowing River, A Bluegrass Passage, and agree this is a monumental soundtrack album.

“Like all of James’ work, it is another magnificent album from a great entertainer, singer, and consummate storyteller,” Greg McGrath, Australian Bluegrass.

“James Reams is one of bluegrass music’s unconventional stalwarts, an independent and evocative visionary. Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album serves as both an introduction to one of bluegrass music’s most interesting purveyors and as a transitory capstone to an unconventional bluegrass journey,” Country Standard Time.

Like A Flowing River & Soundtrack Album was released to radio programmers worldwide earlier this month and immediately landed in the #1 and #2 spots on AirPlay Direct’s Top Album Chart. Additionally, music fans can stream or purchase at all major outlets, including SpotifyApple Music, iTunes, and Amazon Music.

James Reams and The Barnstormers are now on tour. Event producer Doug Tuchman, who was the first editor of Pickin’ Magazine and a DJ on NYC’s WKCR, says, “This is the best traditionally oriented bluegrass band in the area, bar none. They combine wonderful harmonies and instrumental back-up in a sensitive but energy-charged show.”

To book the band at your event or to get more information on James Reams and The Barnstormers, please visit JamesReams.com and on SpotifyInstagramYouTubeTwitter, and Facebook.


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.


Woohoo! The Jamboree is Almost Here!

2014 Jamboree Poster w BandsI am just so excited about the upcoming 15th Annual Park Slope Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Jamboree. The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture will be hopping with all that we have going on. Starting with the kickoff concert on Friday night, featuring yours truly, the weekend will be jam packed with all things bluegrass. This year we’ll also include the NY premier of the documentary “Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B” with a Q&A by the director/producer Rick Bowman. Lots of exciting workshops are planned plus a new one that I’m leading this year “Jam Camp for Kids.” I hope this one becomes a permanent addition! And our concert performances on Saturday night feature bands from NYC as well as Colorado and Virginia. Don’t forget the Brown Jug Award…this year’s winner is a hot item on the awards circuit. So come on out to the best little festival in NYC! You’re in for a real treat! For more information click on the Jamboree menu on my website.