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Honoring Mothers Just Comes Natural to James Reams

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MothersBy James Reams
Mother's Day invites us to recall the strength and courage of mothers past and present. Not so long ago, mothers held their little ones close and offered hope for the future as the family farm fell to the auctioneer's hammer. Today, homeless mothers and their children litter our streets in a scenario that hasn't changed much in a hundred years. Mothers are still the glue that hold their families together.

We'd like to suggest a song that honors the faith and love embodied by mothers everywhere. "Troubled Times" was written by James Reams and he delivers it with a heartfelt warmth and "southern-tinged vocals that sound as smoky as his heroes - Lester, Carter and Red" as stated in a review by Banjo Newsletter. James' haunting lyrics are just as true today as families continue to lose their homes to foreclosure.

This song is the title track from James Reams & The Barnstormers Troubled Times album released in 2005. James is making the song available as a FREE download from his website for a limited time only. Just click HERE to be taken to the website to download the MP3 (it appears at the bottom of the page containing sample tracks).

Troubled TimesHere's what noted author Stephanie Ledgin had to say about this album. "The band's music straddles and bridges seamlessly the subtle nuances between Monroe-style bluegrass, the raw-hewed edges of the Stanley tradition and the old-time country sounds of James' native Kentucky." In a 2014 interview reviewer Donald Teplyske (Fervor Coulee Bluegrass) hailed "Troubled Times" as his favorite all-time bluegrass album. To read more about the "Troubled Times" album, please go to www.jamesreams.com.

Lyrics for "Troubled Times"
written by James Reams

 
Dawn till dusk out with the plow
Always pulled us through somehow
Dad would sit at the table and say grace:
"Lord, let us hold on to the old homeplace"
 
(CHORUS)
Hand-hewn beams held up the barn
Mom and Dad's dreams held on to the farm
‘Til it slipped like dust
through their hard-working hands
Sometimes the devil has other plans
 
Winter's chill went to the bone
Mom had made our house a home
Caressed us all with heart and hand
But troubled times had filled the land
 
(CHORUS)
Early spring brought hope and despair
Flocks of blackbirds filled the air
A muddy road led to our home
The man from the bank foreclosed on the loan
 
(CHORUS)
Hand-hewn beams held up the barn
Mom and Dad's dreams held on to the farm
‘Til it slipped like dust
through their hard-working hands
Sometimes the banker has other plans

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