Sing Out! Magazine had this to say about The Blackest Crow: "James Reams is a wonderfully expressive singer; the title track is one of many highlights on this recording."
About the album: One of the most difficult of all things to endure for a crow, a raven, a wolf or a human is to feel alone and separated from one's own kind. A sense of belong is one of the most universal of all feelings. ~ L. Kilham
Sometimes it seems that the clouds part and not only does the sun shine but the sky gives you a gift of a rainbow. All of this can happen so fast as to startle. I truly never believed that I would record a second album. It seemed a storm was tossing my soul. But thanks to the miracle of music, people, and love, here is the result of that struggle. I hope you enjoy the music. I dedicate it to the memory of my loving father, Olin, and I thank God for His many blessings. ~ James Reams
About the artist: Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James Reams has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. There were traditional singers on both sides of his family, and his father played in a string band. James migrated north in his mid-teens when his family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he stayed until he moved to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1980s. His hometown of London, Kentucky, honored him in 2004 for his contributions to the arts and sciences at its annual Laurel County Homecoming.
James is known as an “ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and old-time music community. His music features driving rhythm and hard-edged harmonies that take you back to a time before bluegrass was smoothed out for the uninitiated, the ill-prepared or the faint of heart.