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  • The Travelin’ McCourys Announce Self-titled Debut Album
    by BMNN on March 17, 2018 at 2:45 am

    From a source deep, abundant, and pure the river flows. It’s there on the map, marking place and time. Yet, the river changes as it remains a constant, carving away at the edges, making new pathways, gaining strength as it progresses forward. The Travelin’ McCourys are that river. On May 25th, the band will release their debut self-titled, self-produced album recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. The Travelin’ McCourys is a mix of originals and well-fitting, road-perfected covers (two Grateful Dead tunes and John Hartford’s “Natural To Be Gone” for example); the song choices a recorded snapshot of the band’s live show. Today, Relix Magazine premieres the video for the first single “Borderline” recorded live at DelFest. Watch here. The McCoury brothers- Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) - were born into the bluegrass tradition. Talk about a source abundant and pure: their father, Del, is among the most influential and successful musicians in the history of the genre. Years on the road with Dad in the Del McCoury Band honed their knife-edge chops, and encouraged the duo to imagine how traditional bluegrass could cut innovative pathways into 21st century music. With fiddler Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and latest recruit Cody Kilby on guitar, they assembled a group that could take what they had in their DNA, take what traditions they learned and heard, and push the music forward. In fact, the band became the only group to have each of its members recognized with an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for their instrument at least once. There were peers, too, that could see bluegrass as both historic and progressive. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Allman Brothers Band, improv-rock kings Phish, and jamband contemporary Keller Williams were just a few that formed a mutual admiration society with the ensemble. The band played the Allman’s Wanee Festival, and guitarist Warren Haynes’ Christmas jam- an annual holiday homecoming of Southern music in Asheville, NC. A 2008 jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and the video caught fire online, earning a legion of new, young fans of their supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. There were unforgettable collaborations with Dierks Bentley, and onstage magic, jamming with titans String Cheese Incident and Phish, cutting an album with Keller (Pick), and creating the Grateful Ball, a tribute concert-turned-tour bridging bluegrass with the iconic music of the Grateful Dead. Their concerts became can’t-miss events, whether headlining historic venues or as festival favorites, drawing the love and respect of a growing fanbase craving their eclectic repertoire. At the 2016 edition of DelFest, an annual gathering of the genre’s best aptly named for the McCoury patriarch, the band delivered the take-away highlight. Rolling Stone called it “a sublime combination of rock and bluegrass, contemporary and classic, old and young. The best set of the festival…” The river was going new places, getting stronger. It was time to re-draw the map. So arrives the long-awaited, self-titled debut album from the quintet. A brilliantly executed set overflowing with inventive style, stellar musicianship, and, of course, plenty of burnin’ grass, the 14-song collection is a true culmination of their decades-long journey. From the headwaters of Bill Monroe and the waves of Jerry Garcia to a sound both rooted and revolutionary, soulful and transcending that belongs only to the Travelin’ McCourys. “The album definitely shows what we’ve evolved into as a band. And, it’s a pretty good representation of what’s happening with the whole genre,” says Ronnie. “The old bluegrass material is something I love but it’s been done many times. We’re forging ahead with our own sound. That’s what you have to do to make it all work.” For more information, please visit For a full tour schedule visit Held in the beautiful rolling hills of Cumberland, Maryland, DelFest was established to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music. Just about 2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C., Cumberland is nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains and has a charming downtown with great amenities including biking, a steam train engine museum, and top-notch dining. Last July, Del McCoury began sending out hand-rolled parchment invitations to a select group of musicians, asking to join his 2018 Bluegrass Congress. That congress will convene in May -- the group includes legends: Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan. In addition, this year’s lineup is full of fan favorites like: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Green Sky Bluegrass, Rhiannon Giddens, Billy Strings, and Richard Thompson, among others. For more information, please visit Tags: The Travelin McCourysCD Releas […]

  • Ken Irwin Accepts New Role As AirPlay Direct's “Special Projects” Ambassador
    by BMNN on March 16, 2018 at 3:15 am

    AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Irwin to the newly created role as AirPlay Direct's "Special Projects" Ambassador. "This role was created specifically for Ken Irwin, AirPlay Direct's 'Iconic Innovator' Award recipient for 2017. Ken's artistic abilities and proven professional skill set uniquely qualifies him for a role of this caliber," says Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct. "Ken will be participating on a variety of very different and forward-thinking creative projects with AirPlay Direct and Collective Evolution throughout 2018. We are honored to have Ken continue to contribute to AirPlay Direct's vision, growth and our mutual professional successes." As a Co-Founder of the legendary roots label Rounder Records, Irwin was actively involved in discovering, signing and developing new artists. He was responsible for signing previously unsung talents as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Mark O'Connor, Ricky Skaggs, George Thorogood, Buckwheat Zydeco, and, more recently, The SteelDrivers, JD McPherson, the Time Jumpers and the Lonely Heartstring Band among others. "It's a pleasure and an honor for me to continue working with Robert and Lynda at AirPlay Direct," said, Ken Irwin, Co-Founder - Rounder Records. "Over this past year, I've gained an ever increasing appreciation for the work they do and the passion they share for the music and the artists who create, as well as for the platform and technology they have developed. I look forward to reintroducing more music from the Rounder catalog through AirPlay Direct, while also getting involved in additional projects with the APD team. AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide. AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc. AirPlay Direct currently has 11,000 radio station members in over 90 countries and serves over 42,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis. AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc. Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals. Tags: Ken IrwinAirPlay Direct […]

  • Della Mae Announce Spring Up Tour Featuring Special Guests
    by BMNN on March 15, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Nashville, TN -- Since forming in Boston in 2009, Nashville-based string band Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic live act comprised of some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana and beyond. The GRAMMY-nominated outfit have announced spring tour dates, and have invited some of their favorite acts to guest appear including Phoebe Hunt, Nels Andrew, Only Lonesome, Ana Egge, Barnstar, and Danny Barnes. A list of dates is below. Originating from different musical backgrounds and states across the US and Canada, each member brings distinct elements that make Della Mae such a beloved band. Together they have a completely original style - sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. They were IBMA's Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone's "10 bands to watch for in 2015," and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music. Through powerful experiences traveling the world together, the group discovered that Della Mae is more than a recording and touring band. Their mission to make a difference in the world emerged, and it became clearer that reflection was required to determine Della Mae's next move. In May 2016, after six years of extensive touring (averaging 220 days on the road per year, travel to over 30 countries and almost all US states), Della Mae took a break from the road. Each member took time to regroup, to pursue individual passions and projects, to regain footing, and to reflect on what they had just done - individually and together. This reflection revealed what Della Mae has come to mean to thousands of fans, to young girls worldwide, and to themselves. Now, Della Mae is excited to embark upon a new chapter together. UPCOMING TOUR DATES: Thu March 22 - Mill Valley CA - Sweetwater Music Hall - special guest The Good Bad Fri March 23 - Berkeley CA - Freight & Salvage - special guest Phoebe Hunt Sat March 24 - Willows CA - Willows Memorial Hall Sun March 25 - Santa Cruz CA - Moe's Alley - special guest Nels Andrews Tue March 27 - Chico CA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Wed April 11 - Washington DC - Pearl Street Warehouse - special guest Only Lonesome Thu April 12 - Brooklyn NY - Rough Trade - special guest Ana Egge Fri April 13 - Cambridge MA - The Sinclair - special guest Barnstar! Sat April 14 - Newburyport MA - Belleville Roots Sun April 15 - Northampton MA - Iron Horse Music Hall Wed April 25 - Portland OR - The Old Church - special guest Danny Barnes Thu April 26 - Seattle WA - Nectar Lounge - special guest Danny Barnes Fri April 27 - Vashon WA - Vashon Center for the Arts Sat April 28 - Spokane WA - Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest Sun April 29 - Uniontown WA - Artisans at the Dahmen Barn Thu June 7 - Fort Collins CO - Bohemian Nights at Ft Collins Armory Fri June 8 - Denver CO - Levitt Pavilion Sat June 9 - Palisade CO - Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival Additional dates including summer festivals to be announced soon! Details and tickets at Tags: Della MaeTourEventBand Announcement […]

  • Junior Sisk Returns To His Roots with New Music
    by BMNN on March 14, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Willis, VA -- Crowned the International Bluegrass Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year in 2013, Junior Sisk has been consistently championing traditional bluegrass his entire career. This year, Mountain Fever Records will release his first ever solo record, allowing Junior to return to his roots. "When I first started performing professionally, my goal was always to present traditional bluegrass," says Junior Sisk. "With the loss of so many great, traditional Bluegrass artists of late—Ralph Stanley, James King, Dave Evans, and Melvin Goins—I really want to make a strong effort to keep their sound alive, as well." That opportunity presented itself organically when Junior's long-time band, Rambler's Choice, had a change in personnel at the end of 2017. "When Jason Davis and Kameron Keller moved on to create a new band, I really felt like it was the perfect opportunity to regroup and put more focus on my original goal." With that, Mark Hodges, president of Mountain Fever Records, is excited to get Junior back in the studio, this time in Nashville, TN with producer Thomm Jutz at the helm. With Junior's vocals at the forefront, this solo album will include musicians Ashby Frank, Mark Fain, Justin Moses, Jason Carter, and Thomm. "I really wanted to encourage Junior to move more toward the vocal structure of brother-like duet harmony," says Mark. "Junior's heart is with that style of singing so it only made sense this solo record really reflect that." To accomplish that goal, Junior and Mountain Fever Records are pulling out all the stops by bringing in special guest vocalists such as Tim Massey, Del McCoury, Marty and Tim Raybon, and Heather Mabe. "I've had these songs stashed away for a while and they are perfect for this record which will serve as a transitional project between my most recent recordings and the more traditional route I plan to take beginning in 2019. They are modern songs featuring a traditional vocal treatment." The first single will be sent to radio later this month with the new album expected June 7th. Junior Sisk is looking forward to the future and will be accompanied by a solid band of musicians in 2018 and beyond that includes Mitch Walker (banjo), John Marquess (bass), Jonathan Dillon (mandolin) and Jamie Harper (fiddle). He hopes to build on his existing tour schedule, and with a new album on the way, fans should expect nothing but pure and honest music from a man the genre has loved for so long. "I truly believe this is the direction I'm supposed to be heading," says Junior. "I sure hope all my fans will agree and will support this 'return to my roots.'" For more information on Junior Sisk, visit For more information on Mountain Fever Records, visit Tags: Junior SiskRootsNew Project […]

  • Dave Adkins Latest Album “Right or Wrong” Released
    by BMNN on March 12, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce today's release of the Right Or Wrong, the new album by Dave Adkins. As with all of Dave's earlier releases, Right Or Wrong showcases his craft as a songwriter, but it's important to note his penchant for being part of an incredible songwriting community that includes Jerry Salley, Eli Johnston, Blake Grisham, Greg Preece, Bart Millard, Terry Foust, Mitchell Brown, Carl Caldwell, Craig Lackey, Kenneth Johnson, Ray Bruce, Daniel Salyer, Dave Morris, and Dawn Kenney, all of whom have credits on this project. Right Or Wrong personifies everything that makes up Dave Adkins. The album kicks off into high gear with "Blue Blue Rain" - a surefire future hit with fans who lean more toward the traditional side of bluegrass. Following suit are "Him And West Virginia," "Roll Little River," and the album's successful first single, "Blood Feud (Hatfields & McCoys)," a duet/co-write with Larry Cordle, reached #1 this week on Bluegrass Today's Top 20 Songs chart. Beyond the traditional sound that Dave presents so well on this new album for Mountain Fever Records, are some real gems that touch the heart and show his softer side. "Goodbye Caroline" is so melodically beautiful that you almost forget it's a song about leaving. And "I Can Only Imagine," a remake of the very popular song first recorded by Christian rock group Mercy Me, is anything but a copy of the original. Dave effectually delivers each lyric with true believability, poignancy, and heart. "Right Or Wrong is a gem. It has everything one would expect from Adkins. The musicianship is top notch and the vocal presentation is amazing. One spin of "I Can Only Imagine" is never enough and the chills it induces will keep it on repeat for days. Adkins has released strong material in the past but this just might be his best work yet. If loving this album is wrong, then I don't want to be right!" ~ Devin Adams, Down Home Bluegrass 91.3 WYSO Yellow Springs, OH Right Or Wrong by Dave Adkins is available to all radio programmers via AirPlay Direct or a digital download by emailing a request to [email protected] Consumers may purchase the new album through various popular music outlets. To view a full tour schedule for the Dave Adkins Band, please visit For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit Tags: Dave AdkinsCD ReleaseRight Or WrongMountain Fever Records […]

  • Sierra Hull Honored by the State of Tennessee
    by BMNN on March 10, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Sierra Hull Honored by the State of Tennessee Nashville, TN -- This has been a banner week for Sierra Hull. The Grammy-nominated musician and composer started off the week by participating in a panel discussion about her career at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Leadership Bluegrass conference. For the past two years, the IBMA has named Hull its Mandolin Player of the Year at its annual awards show. On Tuesday, March 6, Hull attended a preview of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum's new installation of American Currents. The exhibit chronicles the ever-evolving landscape that encompasses country, Americana, and bluegrass music. The "Class of 2017" is represented by artifacts from such artists as Hull, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Lori McKenna, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton, Margo Price, John Prine, Chris and Morgane Stapleton, and others. The show opens today, Friday, March 9 and runs through February 8, 2019. "Tonight was a special night getting to see the newest "American Currents" exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. I'm thrilled to share this with the lovely Molly Tuttle this year!" Hull said. She reflects, "On a personal note, it makes me emotional to see my childhood mandolin strap in there. When I was about 8 or 9, my mom and dad made it for me from a purple "Girl Power" lanyard we found by cutting off the metal part, burning the ends with a lighter so the edges wouldn't ravel, then braiding some purple thread and sewing the end so it would fit over the scroll of the mandolin. The first time I met my hero Chris Thile he signed it. I wore it proudly 'til I eventually outgrew it! Thanks to the Hall for including me again for the 3rd year in a row! I still can't believe it." Hull's achievements in the creative arts were celebrated at the Tennessee State Capitol on Wednesday, March 7. State Representative Kelly Keisling presented fellow Byrdstown native Hull with a proclamation recognizing the contributions she has made to the state of Tennessee through her music. As Hull accepted the proclamation, she delighted the assembled crowd with a brief performance of "Tennessee Waltz" and a rendition of "After You've Gone." Hull remarked, "I feel very proud to be from Tennessee. In this part of the world, music is a way of life for so many people and I'm so blessed to have roots in a place with such a rich musical heritage. It's truly an honor to be recognized by the state and I owe a lot of gratitude to all the wonderful folks who have encouraged me for years in Byrdstown and Jamestown!" Top photo, L to R: Representative John Mark Windle, Speaker Beth Harwell, Sierra Hull, Senator Ken Yager, and Representative Kelly Keisling. Bottom photo: (Back Row L-R) Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley, Molly Tuttle, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Kyle Young, Dave Cobb, John Osborne and T.J. Osborne of musical duo Brothers Osborne and Shawn Camp, (Front Row L-R) Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of musical duo Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Sierra Hull, Randy Travis, Kane Brown and Chris Young attend Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum new exhibition American Currents: The Music of 2017 on March 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Sierra Hull Honored, Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum Tags: Sierra HullHonoredCountry Music Hall of Fame & MuseumTenness […]

  • Dailey & Vincent to Honor Man in Black
    by BMNN on March 9, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Grand Ole Opry Stars Dailey & Vincent will join an amazing cast in paying tribute to The Man in Black on Johnny Cash: Forever Words. In addition to Dailey & Vincent, the album (scheduled for release April 6) will also feature Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Mellencamp, and more. "Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart," album co-producer and Cash's son John Carter Cash said in a statement. "I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that dad would have wanted." The 16-track album was compiled using what Carter Cash described as a "monstrous amassment" of material left behind by Johnny and June Carter Cash after their deaths. The handwritten letters, documents and poems were penned by Cash over the course of his life and shaped into songs over the past two years by John Carter Cash and co-producer Steve Berkowitz. Mostly recorded at The Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the collection is the musical companion to the 2016 best-selling book Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, a collection of unpublished writings edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and curated by John Carter and Berkowitz. The more than a dozen major artists come from the worlds of Country, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock. In a statement, Dailey & Vincent said "What a truly amazing experience it was to work on this project and in the company of such craftsmen like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Costello. We want to say thank you to John Carter and Roseanne for the invitation to collaborate and the honor they bestowed on us when helping to create something new and beautiful with their father's words." The album will be released on CD, as a two-LP vinyl double album and on digital formats. Tags: Dailey & VincentJohnny CashJohnny Cash: Forever WordsEvent […]

  • New Single from Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys
    by BMNN on March 8, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Coeburn, VA -- Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys are proud to announce their new radio single “Raining In My Heart” written by Ralph Stanley II, Alex Leach and Joe Rose. The song is from the band’s self-titled album that has appeared on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart numerous times since its release. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine refers to the tune as one of the “softer, gentle country sounds” from the album. Radio programmers can download the song at AirPlayDirect or request the file. The album has already generated a #1 hit on Bluegrass Today's Top 20 Song Charts with “Don’t Point Your Finger” and recently appeared on the publication’s Top 20 Monthly Chart. “The new record has the potential of being one of the best traditional bluegrass records of the year,” said Bluegrass Today. Music fans can purchase the Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys album at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and more outlets. Ralph II leads the band on vocals and guitar. He is joined by Clinch Mountain Boys John Rigsby on fiddle and mandolin, Alex Leach on banjo, and Noah Brown on the upright bass. Be sure to check out a live performance by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys. Upcoming dates include: March 10 – Clay City, KY March 11 – Fairborn, OH March 24 – Bristol, VA April 12 – Bristol, VA April 13 – Waco, GA April 14 – Folkston, GA April 15 – Zephyrhills, FL  To book Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, please contact Moonstruck Management and visit for additional tour dates. For more information on the upcoming Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival, visit for information on the Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival. Tags: Ralph Stanley IIClinch Mountain BoysSingleRaining In My Heart […]

  • SteelDrivers and Bluegrass Underground Celebrate 10 Years of Music
    by BMNN on March 7, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Nashville, TN -- Grammy® award winning band The SteelDrivers will perform at The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee on August 17. The underground "performance hall," known as The Cave, will host Bluegrass Underground's 10th anniversary celebration, along with The SteelDrivers' own milestone of 10 strong years of highly acclaimed albums with numerous awards. Doors open at 6 p.m. with show time at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here. "It's hard to believe it's been ten years since our first album," band co-founder, lead singer and fiddle player Tammy Rogers muses. "And yet, even with all the change and transition, we still have the same joy and enthusiasm that we did in the beginning. Even as the trajectory changes, the story continues to unfold." The SteelDrivers recently announced the addition of new lead singer Kelvin Damrell from Berea, Kentucky. Only Nashville could give birth to a band like The SteelDrivers: a talented group of seasoned musicians - each distinguished in his or her own right. The group's bluegrass roots combine with country and soul influences to create a refreshing, decidingly contemporary sound. This is new music with an old feeling. The SteelDrivers fan, Vince Gill, describes the band's fusion as simply as "an incredible combination." The innovative, soulful bluegrass band The SteelDrivers released their fourth Rounder Records recording The Muscle Shoals Recordings in 2015. The album reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and received a Grammy® award for "Best Bluegrass Album." Earlier this year, The SteelDrivers re-released their 2008 self-titled debut album on vinyl. The band's recent tour dates have wow'd critics, who praise the band's "gutsy, gritty, bluegrass songs" (Juli Thanki, The Tennessean). Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer Ad Amorosi declared, "You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you cSteelall it, Nashville's SteelDrivers have bushels of it." To learn more about the world-class musicians and performers, visit Grammy® winners The SteelDrivers 10th anniversary celebraton of SteelDrivers and Bluegrass Underground takes place at The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road in Pelham, TN 37366 on Sunday, August 17, 2018. Tags: SteeldriversBluegrass Underground10th AnniversaryConcertEvent […]

  • James Reams Celebrates 25 Years of Bluegrass with Self Documentary
    by BMNN on March 6, 2018 at 2:56 am

    "Like A Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage," a film by MediaSmith, relates the story of bluegrass veteran performer, James Reams, who will be celebrating his 25th anniversary as a bluegrass band leader this year The music business is particularly tough on the little guys. They're the "unsung" heroes out there in the trenches keeping this music alive and loved by fans everywhere. Most of them rarely last more than a couple years. That's why when a bluegrass musician like James Reams celebrates 25 years as a bandleader, it's news in the bluegrass world. James has hung in there during downright hungry times and radical changes in the music world. The release date is targeted March 2018 as James begins a year long 25th Anniversary Celebration. Your support for this latest project through media coverage is much appreciated. James is available for interviews on radio programs or for articles. A trailer for the film is available. This documentary touches on themes of loneliness, homelessness, a life-threatening illness, a career threatening surgery, and great loss. Through all of these possible dams and blockages, James has found a way to continue flowing with the music that he loves so much. It's as much a story about hope as it is about being a musician. James commented on why he agreed to do this film, "As I get ready to celebrate 25 years as a bandleader, I thought why not! You don't have to be a big name to have a story to tell. And maybe, just maybe, my story will encourage someone else who is struggling to keep his or her head above water in the music industry or any creative endeavor." "There have been so many twists and turns in my career, sometimes I wonder how on earth I got through it all," marveled James in a recent interview about the film. This film is for all those on that are being carried along on the sometimes peaceful, and often times raging, river that is bluegrass music. This film is for all who enjoy this bluegrass music including those who perform on stage and those who only jam in the privacy of their own backyard. It's for the songwriters and van drivers, the festival promoters and festival goers, the record producers and the record players. It's a film for the "every man" or "every woman" of bluegrass music and of life itself. James was excited about giving Joshua Smith the opportunity to do his first Documentary. " I love to give bright talented young creators the opportunity to refine thier craft. Tags: James Reams25th AnniversaryDocumentaryLike a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passag […]