Almost Hear The Blues video from James Reams

James ReamsWhen James Reams decided it was time for him to create a music video, he chose the song Almost Hear The Blues from his 2011 album, One Foot in the Honky Tonk.

James has picked up a lot of expertise in the world of film through Making History with the Pioneers of Bluegrass, a documentary he produced about early icons in our music which was released at this time last year. Through that process, he has come to appreciate the need for bluegrass artists to step up the production values in music videos, which he has set out to achieve with his.

Working with images, words and sounds is the essence of making music videos, and Reams shared a few words about the thinking that went into this one.

 “Ever since I first heard the Stonewall Jackson song, Almost Hear the Blues, I was intrigued by all the pictures that he paints with his lyrics. So it was a natural choice as the song for this music video. As we kicked around ideas for the video we decided to tell the story of a man who sought perfection in love and ended up alone. We used shots of remembered festivals and dancing to show happier times and then cut to images that carried the sadness of his present day loss. It isn’t until she’s actually gone that he’s able to let go of the idea of the perfect woman, and go after her.”

Here’s the video…


You can keep up with James online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.