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 performing at the Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th along with The Chapmans as well as Higher Ground and more. The festival runs August 22-24 and is held at the County Fairgrounds located at 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Tickets can be purchased online from Southwest Pickers. Information about camping is also available on their website.
This festival is a perfect opportunity for that summer vacation with the family! Located just 5 miles south of historic downtown Santa Fe, the Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival lets you enjoy great music while giving you and your family the opportunity to browse the handcrafted Native American jewelry market, visit world-class art museums, and tour historic sites. The festival includes a full schedule of bluegrass workshops, an old-fashioned barn dance, and contests too! The fun starts at 7 PM on Friday night and runs until mid-afternoon on Sunday.
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 her 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.
The band celebrated 20 years of playing bluegrass music in 2013 with a coast-to-coast tour from New York to California. The much anticipated DVD documentary “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass Music” hosted by James Reams was released in July of 2013. James is currently accepting bookings to screen the film with Q&A afterwards. Their latest CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists and had a single that charted nationally.