Barnstormin’ – 2001


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Now available as a FREE download from NoiseTrade, this is the debut CD for James Reams & the Barnstormers.  “This isn’t citified, ersatz bluegrass, it’s the real stuff…. reminiscent of the sophisticated stylings of fellow Kentuckian Bill Monroe mixed with the old time, deep-hollow sound of the Stanley Brothers…This is hard-core bluegrass from down home… The originals, like ‘Buffalo Creek Flood’ and ‘The Cincinnati Southern,’ are story-telling songs in the classic country mold.” ~ John Lupton, Country Standard Time

“Reams’ 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…The authentic nature of both words and melody nail the style.” ~ Stephanie P. Ledgin, Sing Out! Magazine

“Sure to delight any bluegrass fan looking for something out of the mainstream.” ~ Jim Lee, Dirty Linen

Containing 15 traditional and original bluegrass songs and tunes.

  • James Reams – guitar, lead vocals
  • Mark Farrell – mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals
  • Carl Hayano – upright bass, tenor vocals
  • Mickey Maguire – banjo
  • Kenny Kosek – fiddle
  • Scott Risner – mandolin