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The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage

The James Reams Story - Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passageperformer, James Reams, takes the viewer through a series of life-changing events that contributed to his longevity and success as a bluegrass band leader. One near death experience, a brief but powerful time being homeless, and a career-threatening surgery combined to make James what he is today…an example of what courage, determination, and optimism – mixed with a whole lot of faith – can accomplish.

2016 World of Bluegrass Blew My Socks Off!

James Reamsby James Reams 
I always have such a great time at the IBMA World of Bluegrass conference, but this year the excitement actually started before I even got there. It was literally an airport to airport experience.

IAMA's Bluegrass Saturday Night on Aug. 20th

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.

Learn About Song Choices for James Reams' “Rhyme & Season”

Behind The SongsAfter finishing his college degree, James decided that the Big Apple was the place to be if he wanted to make it in the music business. So he hopped on a Greyhound bus with 2 cardboard boxes and headed off to NYC. Once there, he was immediately drawn to the music scene at Greenwich Village. Fortunately, he was taken under the wing of Tom Paley from the New Lost City Ramblers and even cut an album with the legendary performer.

Dreams Do Come True - Envisioning the Future of Bluegrass

James ReamsBy James Reams
As a former teacher, I’ve focused my desire to share knowledge, encourage potential, and motivate people on my first passion – bluegrass music. I’ve received so much through my association with the bluegrass industry and am always looking for ways to give back, to help promote the music that I grew up with and love. I see bluegrass music as a means to bring people together and an opportunity to span generational as well as cultural gaps.

James Reams' "Rhyme & Season" is Now in Production

Rhyme & SeasonJames Reams made an exciting announcement in his latest newsletter. "The release date is March 29th!! Sometimes I forget just how hard it is to release a new album. It’s kinda like childbirth, the joy of seeing the new project in your hands makes you forget about the long months of labor to get to that point! Just take a look and listen to the “Making of Rhyme & Season” video and you’ll get a taste for what it takes to make an album as well as a nice little appetizer of the album itself. Selecting the songs, writing new material, creating new arrangements, countless hours of practice, interviews, press releases, filming videos, graphic design, recording, mixing, production and finally distribution…it can really take a toll on a feller (and his pocketbook!). But you couldn’t find a prouder “papa” than I am about my latest CD, Rhyme & Season, which will be available on CDBaby, Amazon and other online sources on March 29th."

James Reams Celebrates his Birthday January 10th

James ReamsJames Reams of James Reams & The Barnstormers will be celebrating his birthday in a few days. We hope you'll join in the festivities by playing or listening to some of his original music in honor of this special day. "Hills of My County" is an original from his Troubled Times CD or the semi-autobiographical "Where No Heart Goes Hungry" from Wild Card (also available on AirPlay Direct) with the late Walter Hensley on banjo.

James Reams & The Barnstormers Release Single to Radio

Rhyme & SeasonJust in time for the holidays, James Reams is excited to offer a pre-release for DJs only from his upcoming album, Rhyme & Season, planned for release in the spring 2016. Being back in the recording studio again has been a magical experience for James Reams. There’s just something about putting on those “cans” and singing into a big mic that gets the adrenaline pumping and the fingers flying!

And The Coveted Brown Jug Award Goes to...Drew Smith

James Reams and Drew SmithThe Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree’s Brown Jug Award is the brainchild of James Reams, a bluegrass musician and bandleader for over 20 years, who conceived of it as a way to recognize people in the Northeast whose impact on the music deserved to be honored but who might be less likely to be recognized by national organizations since for some of them, their impact was regional in nature.

Brand New Music Video from James Reams

James ReamsJames Reams & The Barnstormers has released another full length music video featuring the title song from the CD One Foot in the Honky Tonk which made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists. Once again James Reams teamed up with filmmaker, Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films to create this video. According to James, “Bluegrass music has had one foot in the honky tonk for a long time - Red Allen, Jimmy Martin, Earl Taylor, Charlie Moore, Reno and Smiley, Carter Stanley - well the list just goes on and on. Speaking for myself, it's may be a great place to visit...but I wouldn't want to live there!”

James Reams Announces Charity to Receive Proceeds from Newest Album

Rhyme & SeasonYou may have heard that James Reams & The Barnstormers will be releasing a new album in late 2015. The album, called “Rhyme & Season,” will contain songs that commemorate the resilience of the human spirit, especially those who are faced with homelessness. After experiencing a period of being homeless as a young man, James hopes that putting these songs together on one album will not only celebrate the wandering soul that lives in all of us, but also help raise awareness about specific issues that those living on the streets are faced with on a daily basis.

Honoring Mothers Just Comes Natural to James Reams

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.

If An Army Marches on Its' Stomach, What Does a Band Play On?

James Reamsby James Reams
No goetta for me, please! I’ve really been trying to eat healthier this past year and have learned to actually like things such as smoothies, herb teas, and protein bars as I worked to get myself in better shape. But heading out to festivals has a way of setting me back as I succumb to roadside diner meals and the options that pass for food at some of these events.

James Reams Remembers and Celebrates Walter Hensley's Birthday

 James Reams and Walter HensleyBy James Reams
“I had to learn off the radio,” recalled Walter Hensley during an interview for the documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass. “Didn’t have any records or anything. I just kept messing with the banjo roll. Drove my Dad crazy because he worked in the mines, and he’d have to get up at four in the morning." Replacing broken fingerpicks and strings was possible only when someone with a car was going to town – 35 miles away – and could bring some back. So the future Banjo Baron of Baltimore sometimes made fingerpicks out of PET Milk cans. Walt insisted “They were not all that bad; better than nothin’.” To replace broken strings he sometimes cut the insulation off blasting wire that was used for setting off dynamite in the mines, then tuned it down low enough so it wouldn’t break when played.

A Man Can Dream - Looking at 2015 Through Bluegrass Colored Glasses

James ReamsBy Guest Columnist James Reams
If you’re like me, you get really excited about having a brand new year stretching out in front of you…the possibilities are endless and as to probabilities, well fuggedaboudit! I love watching all those “Year in Review” shows too as they look back over the major happenings and then make predictions about the upcoming year. And it got me to thinking about living in a perfect bluegrass world and what might be in store for the next year. I popped the top off of the best bottle of bubbly I could afford, Pabst Blue Ribbon in case you were wondering, put on my bluegrass colored glasses and settled back in the recliner while visions of the following monthly headlines floated off the calendar.

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