The Blackest Crow – 2000

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James Reams’ second solo CD includes many of the same musicians who joined James on his earlier CD, Kentucky Songbird. “An enticing collection of old-time country music…an engaging representation of musical Americana.” ~ Bluegrass Unlimited

“A fine old-timey flavored project full of interesting material, excellent singing, straight-ahead flatpicking and just oozing with Appalachia.” ~ Dave Higgs, DJ at WPLN-FM’s Bluegrass Breakdown show in Nashville

“James Reams is a wonderfully expressive singer, and the title track is one of many highlights on this recording. James transforms it into a stately waltz, with the fine back-up vocals of David Roche. Another highlight is the Kieran Kane and Jamie O’Hara classic “Just Loving You” with its live in the studio sound. The Bailes Brothers’ “Oh So Many Years” could have been recorded in the 1940s as the immediacy again makes for an authentic country record. The Blackest Crow naturally features the vocals of James Reams, but he is also a fine rhythm guitarist with a driving style. There is nothing fancy here, just good solid old-time playing and singing. By the way, look for James’ first recording, Kentucky Songbird; it’s a dandy too. ~ Tom Druckenmiller, Sing Out! Magazine

  • James Reams – guitar, lead vocals
  • Guests: David Hamburger, John Herald, Tom Paley, Bill Christophersen, Kenny Kosek, Danny Kalb, Orrin Star, David Roche, Bev Grant