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Dogwood Tree - A Bluegrass Easter Story

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Dogwood BlossomAn original song by James Reams and the late Tina Aridas, "Dogwood Tree" gives your listeners the bluegrass version of the Easter story. This song is included on the James Reams & The Barnstormers album, Barnstormin', and the song is available as a free download from NoiseTrade. Just click HERE or on the album graphic above and follow the easy steps. We hope you enjoy this Easter-related song as well as the many other fine offerings on this album.

John Lupton of Country Standard Time had the following to say about the album: “This is hard-core bluegrass from down home… The originals, like ‘Buffalo Creek Flood’ and ‘The Cincinnati Southern,’ are story-telling songs in the classic country mold.” To read more reviews about the album, please go to

James Reams & the Barnstormers play traditional bluegrass music with an old-time country edge, and a sound that’s very much their own. Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. James is known as an “Ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community. In 2013 the band will be promoting its’ 20-year anniversary with a Coast-to-Coast Celebration featuring special guest performances and reunions with previous band members.

Lyrics for "Dogwood Tree"
(by James Reams and Tina Aridas, BMI)

A dogwood tree grew on a hill
Its petals white and pure
From its thick trunk a cross was formed
The cross our Lord endured

He was nailed on that dogwood cross
As the sky turned black as coal
He gave his life for all our sins
He died to save our souls

The blossoms in the springtime
Reveal the crown of thorns
The berries are a crimson red
But bitter when they’re born


A mighty tree was cursed the day
The stone sealed up the tomb
But glorious jubilation
When the dogwood is in bloom


James Reams & The Barnstormers will be appearing at the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Festival on Saturday, May 3rd along with Hot Club of Cowtown, Lonesome Otis, Bluegrass Etc and more than 25 other bluegrass bands on 3 stages. A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the “roots” tree. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, “Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer… Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard.”

The festival runs May 2, 3 and 4 and is held at the Ramona Community Park located at 421 Aqua Lane in Ramona, CA — just 45 minutes northeast of San Diego. Besides great bluegrass music, the 3-day festival will include more than a dozen workshops and a raffle for a Deering Goodtime Banjo. Plus the event plays host to an “Old West History Encampment” featuring re-enactors outfitted in period dress of the 1700s and 1800s. Visit the Civil War camp, see a Prairie Schooner, talk to a mountain man and learn what life was like in these wild and wooly days.

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