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IAMA's Bluegrass Saturday Night on Aug. 20th

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Bluegrass Saturday NightThe Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) prides itself on bringing great bands to their area and the lineup for August 20th is no exception! James Reams & The Barnstormers, the band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be headlining the IAMA's Buegrass Saturday Night event on Saturday August 20th at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.

Kick off your shoes, sit back and relax in Salt Lake's living room. The grassy amphitheater area is an oasis for downtowners and visitors alike. Unique art projects surround this urban park and great food is right at your fingertips! This is a FREE event so head on out and enjoy a nice cool summer day, make some new friends, and savor an evening of incredible bluegrass music.

Want to know more about James Reams? Music critic Jerry Paul (former editor of Acoustica) described lead singer James Reams: “James is such an inspiration to watch. He truly feels his music, and sings from his very soul. If James is ever within your area, he is a ‘must see’ bluegrass icon.” 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.”

Raised in eastern Kentucky but now living in Phoenix, James Reams puts a layer of desert grit over a solid base of traditional bluegrass music. His band treads the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and rockabilly meet in the night to swap stories. These are the sounds of the hills and hollers combined with the sounds of factories, railroad yards and honky tonks. Their entertaining performances of traditional bluegrass music (including original songs) are real crowd pleasers. Audiences are treated to brilliant fiddling matched by blazing banjo pickin' and smoking vocals from James that echo his heroes Lester Flatt, Carter Stanley, and Red Allen. These hardworking 'ambassadors of bluegrass', as one reviewer called them, deliver an edge missing from a lot of bluegrass today.

The band’s newest album, Rhyme & Season, was released in March, 2016 and has been receiving high acclaim, including charting on Roots Music Report's Top 50 Bluegrass Albums. Country Standard Time reported “Rhyme & Season is a mighty powerful return to the recording studio for one of bluegrass music's most independent and evocative visionaries.” California radio program host Al Shusterman raved, “It amazes me how [James Reams] can continually raise the bar with each project. The lyrics fit him like a glove and the instrumental portion of the project is superb!” Their previous CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists and had a single that charted nationally.

James Reams is a bluegrass veteran with over 20 years making music in this industry. Check out his website and learn why James Reams & The Barnstormers are considered “one of America’s top bluegrass units!”

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