James Reams of James Reams & The Barnstormers will be another year older next week. We hope you'll help him celebrate by playing his music in honor of his special day.
Originally from southeastern Kentucky, James now lives in the sunny southwest. With traditional singers on both sides of his family and his father picking in a string band, it was just natural for James to take to songwriting and singing bluegrass music as a kid.
James is known as an “Ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and old-time music community. To date, he has released eight CDs including a special DVD documentary Rollin’ On. The most recent release, One Foot in the Honky Tonk made two Top Ten Lists for 2011 and had a single that charted nationally (Almost Hear the Blues).
His original songs are important additions to the bluegrass repertoire, keeping this tradition alive with contemporary issues and new sounds. And, his guitar playing was highlighted in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine's Masters of Rhythm Guitar column.
After celebrating 20 years as a bandleader last year, James is looking forward to releasing an album in the late fall featuring new material and including exciting guest performers!
The full-length DVD documentary, Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words, produced and hosted by James Reams, has been well received and is available through CDBaby. On January 26th, James will be hosting a screening of the film (with Q&A afterward) at the 2014 Bluegrass on Broadway Film Festival presented by the International Bluegrass Music Museum and the Northern California Bluegrass Association.