One Foot In The Honky TonkOne Foot in the Honky Tonk

"There are few bluegrass singers who match the lithe and masculine timbre Reams brings to the songs he is called to perform. With One Foot in the Honky Tonk, James Reams further defines his bluegrass, blending the varied elements of the roadhouse with sounds from the hills of Kentucky and her neighbors. One foot in the honky tonk indeed, but the rest of the Barnstormers’ bodies and their souls are deep in the bluegrass. Signifying a period of growing esteem and prominence within the bluegrass world, this album also marks a series of transitions for James and his band mates. Joined again by long-time compatriot Mark Farrell, a multi-instrumentalist whose fiddle and mandolin excellence have highlighted four previous Reams’ projects, the line-up on this album is as strong as ever. Circumstances and good fortune have brought the newest Barnstormers- Doug Nicolaisen and Nick Sullivan- into the fold. What remains the same is the passion and precision with which their music is shared.

When listening to James Reams & The Barnstormers, one is on a bridge connecting the present to the past, where the waters below blend the relationships and lamentations of today with those who birthed and shaped them."

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James Reams, Walter Hensley
& The Barons Of Bluegrass

 In this return engagement, James Reams (“The Kentucky Songbird”) and Walter Hensley (“The Banjo Baron of Baltimore”) offer up, with the able collaboration of Jon (“Baltimore Jonny”) Glik, Mark Farrell and Carl Hayano (gotta get those last two boys some nicknames), a strong hand of songs and tunes, some originals, some traditional, some under-recorded gems and some drawn from unexpected places. Cut in one wild weekend, with all the musicians in the same studio at the same time and not a Pro-Tool in sight. Presented to you with all the edges intact and all the excitement raw.

 The band’s self-titled first album, released in 2003, was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association as one of only seven nominees for its Recorded Event of the Year award. Here’s what Richard D. Smith wrote in Bluegrass Unlimited about that earlier album: “If you’re tiring of the slick stuff and yearn for something straight-ahead, there’s not a false bend or blend here.“

 And if you’re hungry for bluegrass music with more grit and less glitz, here’s another heaping helping.

James Reams  guitar, lead vocals
Walter Hensley  banjo, 2nd guitar
Mark Farrell  mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals
Carl Hayano  upright bass, tenor vocals
Jon Glik  fiddle, mandolin

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Troubled Times
Mountain Redbird Music CD+ limited-edition bonus double-feature DVD: Rollin’ On and preview of Pioneers of Bluegrass Music Purchase online at CDBaby.com Purchase online from County Sales Purchase by check from James Reams.

The CD includes three original songs, two original banjo tunes, and some under-recorded gems that the band has taken off the shelf and made their own.

James Reams  guitar, lead vocals
Mark Farrell  mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals
Carl Hayano  upright bass, tenor vocals
Mickey Maguire  banjo
Kenny Kosek  fiddle
Barry Mitterhoff  mandolin

Packaged with the CD is a two-feature DVD:

Rollin’ On
Take a ride on the Redbird Express with James Reams & The Barnstormers – from NYC’s Lincoln Center to a festival in a small town, to a square dance in Brooklyn to a church on Sunday morning, to a live radio show.
(Directed by Joe Coppa and James Reams)

Pioneers of Bluegrass
Preview version of a longer documentary, currently in production, in which members of the “first generation” of bluegrass talk frankly about the early days of the music and life on the road, in interviews conducted at the opening of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, backstage at festivals and on the buses of these pioneers.
(Preview directed by Joe Coppa, David Fasano and James Reams; full-length documentary, in production,
directed by D.Fasano and J.Reams)


Barons of Bluegrass
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"There is true folk magic in every note Walt plays," said Alan Lomax of the great banjo player Walter Hensley.

If there was a roster of influential and innovative banjo players, Walter Hensley would be on it, but as Bill Monroe biographer Richard D. Smith writes, "Walter remains one of the underrated greats of the 5-string." Walter — known as the Banjo Baron of Baltimore — played with Earl Taylor & the Stoney Mountain Boys and later fronted his own band, the Dukes of Bluegrass.

This is his first recording in 25 years. It was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association as a Recorded Event of the Year.

The punch, drive and inventiveness of Walter’s banjo playing is joined on this album by the hard-charging rhythm guitar and soulful singing of James Reams, whose vocals were described by Banjo Newsletter as sounding "as smoky as his heroes: Lester, Carter and Red."

Thirteen cuts of great traditional bluegrass music by great traditional bluegrass musicians.

James Reams guitar, lead vocals
Walter Hensley banjo
Mark Farrell fiddle, mandolin, baritone vocals
Carl Hayano stand-up bass, tenor vocals
Bob Mastro fiddle
Barry Mitterhoff mandolin

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Barnstormin'
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"One of the top 12 bluegrass CDs."
                - WKCR-FM, NY (2001)

The band’s debut CD contains 15 traditional and original bluegrass songs and tunes.

John Lupton in Country Standard Time: “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.”

Stephanie P. Ledgin in Sing Out: “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.”

Jim Lee in Dirty Linen: “Sure to delight any bluegrass fan looking for something out of the mainstream.” Order Online

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

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Mysterious Redbirds
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"…Here are three great musicians, with nothing to prove. They just lay into thirteen tunes -- not even terribly obscure ones -- and indulge in some great grooves and pristine empathy… Each member is a seasoned vet, with Tom Paley (the banjo player and a founding member of the immeasurably influential New Lost City Ramblers) being the most recognizable name. His clean clawhammer and three-finger playing is definitely an asset, and his treatment of the chestnut "I'll Fly Away" is particularly dignified. Guitarist James Reams is a rock, the perfect foundation for this bass-less aggregation. Bill Christophersen's fiddle sails on top of it all with a great balance of grit and elegance…" — Brad San Martin Country Standard Time magazine

James Reams  guitar, lead vocals
Tom Paley  banjo, vocals
Bill Christophersen  fiddle, vocals

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Blackest Crow
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James's second solo CD includes many of the same musicians who joined James on his earlier CD, Kentucky Songbird. "An enticing collection of old-time country music…an engaging representation of musical Americana." - Bluegrass Unlimited. “A fine old-timey flavored project full of interesting material, excellent singing, straight-ahead flatpicking and just oozing with Appalachia." - Dave Higgs, DJ at WPLN-FM's Bluegrass Breakdown show in Nashville

James Reams guitar, lead vocals
Guests: David Hamburger, John Herald, Tom Paley, Bill Christophersen, Kenny Kosek, Danny Kalb, Orrin Star, David Roche, Bev Grant

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Kentucky Songbird
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Folk Roots magazine: "powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard." John Herald, of the legendary bluegrass band The Greenbriar Boys, and Tom Paley, founding member of the seminal old-time band The New Lost City Ramblers, are among the many distinguished and talented guest artists on this CD. The Old-Time Herald calls James "an excellent singer with a warm and smooth voice that moves easily across registers." Dirty Linen: "Reams's engaging voice and distinctive flat-picking take you to his roots, rural eastern Kentucky...a powerful project."

James Reams  guitar, lead vocals
Guests: David Hamburger, John Herald, Tom Paley, Bill Christophersen, Danny Kalb

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