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James Reams and The Barnstormers Celebrate 20 Years with Free Album

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Barnstormin' CoverJames Reams & The Barnstormers have just released a free digital version of their 2001 CD, Barnstormin’ as a thank you to fans throughout the 20 years that James Reams has been a bandleader. Just go to

The download is free and tips are optional though appreciated! James does asks
that you go to their Facebook page: and LIKE the band. Spread the word on Facebook and/or Twitter and tell all your friends about it! Their their Twitter handle is @JReamsBarnstorm.

James had this to say about the downloadable album, “I am so excited about all our plans for celebrating 20 years of playing bluegrass in 2013. Making this album available as a free download is a great way to kickoff our Coast-to-Coast tour. This album originally was released nationwide on a well-respected bluegrass label in 2001 and is now out of print so digital download was a great way to let people hear some of our music that they may have missed.”

The CD features several original songs including “Coal Dust in My Soul” written by James Reams which was used in the film “Wake Up West Virginia” about mountaintop removal. Other originals include the title track “Barnstormin’”, “The Cincinnati Southern”, “Dogwood Tree”, “Buffalo Creek Flood”, “Birch Brook Exit”, and “Kentucky River”.

Here are a few of the comments from reviewers of the CD:

“[James Reams sounds] as smoky as his heroes: Lester, Carter, and Red.”
~ Banjo Newsletter
“James’ voice has that silky quality that keeps you mesmerized…”
~ KCBL Radio, Backroads Bluegrass
“Ream’s commanding voice takes the listener all the way back to Kentucky,
with an unaffected Monroe-style quality that bends to
capture the mood of each selection.”
~ Sing Out! Magazine
“The Barnstormers are a thoroughly traditional bluegrass band;
their original tunes and well-selected older pieces make no accommodations for modern sounds — a plus!”
~ Bluegrass Unlimited

Six of James’ CDs can be purchased from (just search on “James Reams”), including:

  • One Foot in the Honky Tonk (2011 Top Ten Listed CD)
  • Wild Card (2006 with Walter Hensley)
  • Troubled Times (2005 with DVD “Rollin’ On”)
  • James Reams, Walter Hensley and the Barons of Bluegrass (2002)
  • Mysterious Redbirds (2000 with Tom Paley)
  • Blackest Crow (2000)

They make perfect gifts for the holidays and are much easier to wrap than an MP3!!

Other plans for 2013 include the much anticipated release of the DVD documentary “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words.” James just concluded a successful Kickstarter Campaign to obtain the funds necessary finish post production and hopes to have it ready to go by mid-year. Everyone who truly loves this music should want to hear the stories from not just the big names in our business but from the likes of Bill Yates, Art Stamper, Melvin Goins, and Kenny Baker…words preserved now in this documentary, honoring their legacy. “Making History with the Pioneers of Bluegrass Music” proves that their lives are no less important to how bluegrass got started than the major stars.

Plus you can now purchase James Reams & The Barnstormers merchandise at Choose from hundreds of items such as T-shirts, jackets, shopping bags, mugs, and more! Great gift idea for the bluegrass lover in your life.

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