“James Reams & The Barnstormers’ instrumental amalgam of roots, rockabilly and bluegrass embodies the ‘Three Es of Old-School’: edgy, emotional and exciting. These guys live and die by the code to keep audiences from coast to coast erring on the side of wildly entertained. They accomplish their goal so well.”
– Flagstaff LIVE!
A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, 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. 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.” 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.