JAREMA'S STORY

Songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, and artist Jarema is the mastermind behind the independent blues, rock, and country project The Reclamators.

Jarema is no newcomer in the music business. In the early 1960s, he regularly took a bus from Wayne, New Jersey to New York City, carrying his guitar and a tape of his songs. He would visit “Tin Pan Alley” on 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue to knock on the doors of music publishers and record companies, just trying to get anyone to listen to his songs.

Some time later, Ron was instrumental in securing a recording contract for Jarema with Stan Shulman’s Dunes Records. This led to his first professional release in 1965 (on the Mala Records imprint) of the song “I’m Stickin' With You” under the pseudonym Ronnie Michaels. This song can still be heard with a quick search on YouTube!

Click here to hear "I'm Sticking' With You" by Ronnie Michaels

Concurrently, Jarema was attending a small college in Iowa and hoping for a hit record. After graduating, with the help of his personal manager and close friend Vic Piscatello, he was contracted in 1968 to Laurie Records (home to such artists as Dion and the Belmonts, The Chiffons and The Royal Guardsmen) with his new group The Yellow Brick Road. From 1968 until 1973, the band released fifteen 45rpm singles on Laurie Records. They had many regional hits, many of which exist in vinyl collections and are sought after all over the world.

Click here to hear "She's My Girl" by The Yellow Brick Road

Fast forward to the present, Jarema is still pursuing his dream by independently releasing his singles and albums under The Reclamators’ moniker on his own label Crooked Walls Records. His last two releases were the country influenced singles “Midnight Star” and “Let's Boogie Together”, both of which buzzed all over the globe on internet radio and various digital platforms.

Jarema’s first release by The Reclamators was the critically acclaimed and popular blues album “Sing It, White Boy!” Two of the songs from that full length, “Bullet Blues” (in episode #6) and “Man In The Box” (in episode #2), were featured in the television drama series “Dare Me” on USA Network/Netflix. Shortly thereafter, Jarema produced a music video for “Man in the Box” with a focus on raising awareness on the plight of the homeless. That video has topped 10,000+ views on YouTube and counting.                                      

Jarema's brand new country release "Turnin' On To You" is out now. CD single and digital download available.