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James Reams Film in Production

Donald Teplyske  |  March 11, 2017

Like a baptismal experience, it awakened the music within and it's been flowing through me ever since." ~ James Reams about his first exposure to live music

James Reams is a unique bluegrass performer. No one sounds like him, and while many bring comparable passion for the music to their songs, when one hears James Reams for the first time, their perspective is forever changed. James is not a pretty singer. In his voice you can hear the generations that informed his sound, the innumerable jams, picking parties, and concerts he has sharpened his understanding of the role bluegrass music can have on individuals when they allow it to overwhelm their soul.

"Like A Flowing River:A Bluegrass Passage," a feature-length documentary by MediaSmith, relates the story of bluegrass veteran performer, James Reams, who will be celebrating his 25th anniversary as a bluegrass band leader in 2018. James' music will be featured throughout the film, including many of his original songs.

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 log jams, 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."

The release date is targeted for early 2018 as James begins a year long 25th Anniversary Celebration. A modest Kickstarter Campaign is underway to help offset some of the costs of finalizing and distributing the film. An early trailer for the film is also available on the Kickstarter website.

More information about the project can be found by clicking on the Kickstarter link ( I would link it here, but have no idea how. Copy and paste works, my bluegrass friends. There are many levels of enticing rewards for supporters who will be immortalized in the film's credits! As you know, the project must be fully funded (in this case by midnight on April 21st) or the project won't receive a dime.

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