Meet James Reams & The Barnstormers

James Reams formed the Barnstormers in 1993. Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. James is known as an “ambassador of Bluegrass” Band Still 2for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community. To date, he has released nine CDs including a special DVD documentary of the band. His latest CD, Rhyme & Season, was released in March, 2016 and is continuing to receive high acclaim. Reviewers have called this recent release “visionary”, “inspired”, “mesmerizing”, and “authentic.” The band’s 2011 album, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, made 2 Top Ten CDs of 2011 Lists and a single (Almost Hear the Blues) from that CD charted nationally. James’ original songs are important additions to the bluegrass repertoire, keeping this tradition alive with contemporary issues and new sounds. His guitar playing was highlighted in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine’s “Masters of Rhythm Guitar” column. James is also the organizer of the Park Slope Bluegrass Oldtime Music Jamboree, an annual music festival he started in 1998 that attracts musicians and fans of traditional music to its workshops, jamming and concerts — the only event of its kind in or around New York City and nominated by the IBMA for 2014 Bluegrass Event of the Year.

Billy Parker is a whirlwind on the mandolin bringing passion and style to every set. He was heavily influenced by, and has even played with, bluegrass legends and mandolin masters Bill Monroe and David Grisman! Fast, clean and unflappable, Billy has developed a confident and spirited approach to seamlessly move between the rapid-fire bluegrass tunes and more soulful melodies. His sense of band dynamics helps propel the music to a higher sound to the delight of audiences everywhere he plays. Evan Ward’s masterful and fluid style of banjo playing and soft baritone vocal add depth and vigor to the Barnstormer mix. Evan’s ceaselessly rolling banjo sprinkled with licks reminiscent of banjo masters like Earl Scruggs and Jim Mills takes bluegrass to a whole new level. Evan also performs with Audie Blaylock and Redline. Dan Meyer Holding down the bottom for the Barnstormers with his rock steady and intuitive bass stylings is Dan Meyer. Dan really lights up the place with his ready smile while laying down a smoooooooth rhythm. Michael Rolland is one of the hottest pickers to ever grace Arizona’s acoustic music scene and is an accomplished contest and bluegrass fiddler, mandolinist and flat pick guitarist.  Mike is the 3-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion, Four Corners Mandolin and Guitar champion, and has three times placed in the top 5 of the National Fiddle Contest. Mike has performed onstage with Doug Kershaw the renowned “Ragin’ Cajun”, 111 Generation, Ray Price, and many others.

Much in demand as a performer and session player, legendary fiddler Blaine Sprouse performed on the Grand Ole Opry for over 15 years. Blaine has toured nationally and internationally and recorded with a stunning array of legendary bluegrass and country artists, among them, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, Charlie Louvin, Alabama, Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, and the Osborne Brothers. His solo recordings are available on the Rounder and Cumberland Record labels. Blaine is a featured performer with James Reams & The Barnstormers at selected west coast venues.