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Rhyme & Season Hits Top Album Lists for 2016!
 

  Thanks to all of you the latest album from James Reams & The Barnstormers is making waves...air waves! Tracking at #38 on the Roots Music Report for Contemporary Bluegrass, the album has gone on to make the RMR Top 100 Contemporary Bluegrass Album Chart for 2016. But that's not all!
   David Morris from Bluegrass Today selected Rhyme & Season as #8 in his Top Dozen Bluegrass Albums for last year and David was joined by KAOS DJ Paul Peck who picked Rhyme & Season as one of his Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2016. Rounding out the list, Donald Teplyske of Fervor Bluegrass Coulee and Country Standard Time selected Rhyme & Season as #6 on his list of Favorite Bluegrass Albums of 2016.
   You owe it to yourself to take a listen to this great album and see what all the fuss is about! Music clips are available on the James Reams website along with the back story and lyrics for each song.
   Here's a snippet of their comments about this concept album from James Reams. From David Morris, Bluegrass Today: "At number eight on my list of favorites is one that might be new to many of you, Rhyme & Season from James Reams and the Barnstormers. This is a concept album filled with songs about people who are in pretty dark places, but it is, at it's core, also about hope and redemption. James Reams has walked the walk of those who have been cast aside. In this CD, he talks the talk. Actually, he sings it - with conviction. There's an authentic gritty feel to the music that can't be faked."
   And from Donald Teplyske, Fervor Coulee Bluegrass and Country Standard Time: "I've never hidden the fact that James Reams is one of my favourite people in bluegrass. He gets to the heart of the music each and every time, whether interpreting an underheard classic of the genre, reinventing a country song, or performing one of his many excellent original numbers. Rhyme & Season is most deliberately a concept album, a rarity in bluegrass circles. It includes songs that capture the experiences of life's outliers, the lost and often invisible."Ø
 
     In light of the recent success of a similar campaign slogan, I decided to shamelessly adopt it for bluegrass. Hey, if it can do for bluegrass what it did for the President, then the music world is about to be stunned!!
     But, as someone mentioned to me recently, in order to say “again” a person really should define when the greatness first occurred. Now I’m sure there are plenty of folks out there that have their own ideas about when the golden era of bluegrass happened…some may even argue that it hasn’t happened yet.
     For me, the good ole days will always be the 1960s. I loved listening to the cracklin’ radio deliver the sweet lonesome sounds of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, the Osborne Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Louvin Brothers and couldn’t wait to catch the Grand Ole Opry show each week. In my estimation, bluegrass music outshone the rising star of Country music.
     The performers generally wore matching outfits, cowboy boots, and ten gallon hats as opposed to today’s laid back stage gear consisting of blue jeans, sneakers and whatever shirt happened to be clean that day. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against being comfortable while on stage and have been known to wear blue jeans a time or two, but never sneakers…I draw the line at sneakers! It just seems that when I “dress” for a performance, I connect to my musical heroes of times gone by and those magical days when bluegrass was king (at least in my heart!).
     The songs that played on that old radio typically evoked a longing, a loneliness that sometimes seems missing in our modern day grass. Oh, the high lonesome sound is still there, it just doesn’t seem to convey the same lonesome feeling to me. Folks sang about what they knew…and they still do (thank goodness!). Back then songs frequently featured a mother worrying about her young ‘un and his wanderin’ ways or about the working class (especially coal miners). They were songs about surviving, about overcoming obstacles, and about family. And they still ring true today as evidenced by “Lost Soldier Son” by Chris Brashear, the Gibson Brothers new album “In the Ground,” and “Georgia Maple” by Edgar Loudermilk. But new songs with that old bluegrass flavor seem few and far between.
     So what would it take to “Make Bluegrass Great Again”? Honestly, I think bluegrass — and our country — have always been pretty danged great! I’m just hoping and praying that they will continue to be great for many generations to come! Ø

Catch the Latest from James Reams & The Barnstormers!


Reel in the BIG one for your special someone this Valentine's Day. Rhyme & Season is sure to put a smile on your sweetie's face AND, unlike flowers and chocolate, this entertaining album will provide many years of enjoyment for both of you! It's all yours for less than the cost of a dinner on the town...order your copy today from Amazon.com and have it in time for the big day!

If you live in the NYC area, be sure to mark your calendars for September 15 and 16, 2017 for the return of the Park Slope Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree! In case you missed the announcement in the last newsletter, the Jamboree has a new home! This year The Old Stone House in Brooklyn will host a very special Jamboree. James is calling on many long time bandmates to join him on Friday night, Sept. 15th, for the making of a video to be featured in an upcoming documentary that will be released in 2018. You'll definitely want to be on hand for that special night! Your whooping and hollering is just what the director ordered!

We still need sponsors to make this "happy little festival" bigger and better than ever PLUS help us keep our family-friendly ticket prices! Please contact James and let him know if you or your company would like to help promote this event. We'll be printing programs this year that will include the schedule, workshops, and performer information as well as prominently feature our sponsors. There are many levels of sponsorship, so we're bound to find one that fits every budget! Ø
The 2016-2017 Concert Series is fully booked and it's gonna be a great season!
  • Nov. 3rd - Sideline
  • Jan. 5th - Edgar Loudermilk
  • Mar. 3rd - Larry Stephenson Band
We're hoping to continue to bring great bluegrass entertainment to the Phoenix metro-area.

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In this issue:


Rhyme & Season - Tops in 2016!
Make Bluegrass Great...Again!

Catch the Latest from James
Jamboree News
R&R Productions Concert Series

Join Yahoo Bluegrass Groups
Rhyme & Season
Reviewers Comments
Birthday Thank You!
Sound Track Feature
Upcoming Events Schedule

Association Memberships

Book NOW for 2016-17!

 
Contact 718-374-1086 OR info@jamesreams.com to book James Reams & The Barnstormers for your festival, venue, concert series, or event.
   Rhyme & Season, the newest album from James Reams & The Barnstormers, ranked in three Top Ten Albums of 2016. It features band members from both coasts as well as guest fiddler, the legendary Kenny Kosek. This album has received high-acclaim from reviewers, music critics, and listeners like you!
   When James decided to make this album, he wanted to focus on life's journey...not only his own, but also the journey of those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised. It is his hope that this album will help raise awareness about, and support for, the plight of many who are homeless in our nation.
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Reviewer's Comments

 

Craig Havighurst – Roots Radio Music News
[James Reams'] Rhyme & Season album is truly strong and unique [featuring] some very 'hooky' songs and splendid banjo. It enthused me!"

Donald Teplyske – Country Standard Time
Bluegrass concept albums remain rare, and on this wide-ranging collection of singular songs, Reams and his Barnstormers have crafted an intense and sympathetic portrait of turbulent times. Reflecting the forgotten, disenfranchised, discarded, and troubled, "Rhyme & Season" is a mighty powerful return to the recording studio for one of bluegrass music's most independent and evocative visionaries. [Read more...]

David Morris – Bluegrass Today
James Reams has walked the walk of those who have been cast aside. Now, in Rhyme & Season, he talks the talk. Actually, he sings it…with conviction. There is an authentic, gritty feel to the music that can’t be faked. This fine record will become an important part of the dialog about those who are down and out, left behind and marginalized. [Read more...]

Kevin Slick – Pow'r Pickin'
There's a lot to like about this album by James Reams & The Barnstormers. One listen and you can hear these are some great pickers, there's brilliant solos but it never sounds like showing off or just playing fast for the sake of speed. [And] this album proves that you can write bluegrass songs about this day and age...songs that might come from the front page instead of a history book. [Read more...]

Nancy Cardwell – Bluegrass Unlimited
Veteran bandleader James Reams explores a nomadic theme on his new concept album [Rhyme & Season]…those who enjoy their bluegrass with organic timing and a loose, natural feel should enjoy this record.

Al Shusterman – KCBL Radio, "Backroads Bluegrass" Program Host
Rhyme & Season had me mesmerized the entire time it was playing. It amazes me how [James] can continually raise the bar with each project. The lyrics of each song fit him like a glove and the instrumental [portion] of the project was superb.

Barb Heller – NCPR Program Host for "String Fever"
Rhyme & Season’s ‘first song sucked me right in…I love the rockabilly sound of ‘Born to Roll.’ [James'] albums always tell a great story – that’s one of the things I’ve always liked about [his] music.
At the IBMA World of Bluegrass conference, James had a chance to sit down with DJ Darwin Davidson of WERU and talk with him about the Rhyme & Season album. The interview has been downloaded to James' website. Just click on the graphic to listen in!
Thank You!

James wants to thank all of you for your birthday wishes on January 10th and for requesting his songs on your favorite bluegrass radio program! And a big ole hug to all those DJs who included a "James Reams" block on their shows!

Sound Track Features
James Reams & The Barnstormers

 
A soon to be released documentary about the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers features "Passamaquoddy" from James Reams & The Barnstormers' album "One Foot in the Honky Tonk" as the film's theme song!  Ø

Upcoming Events!


March 17
Concert in the Park
Buckeye, AZ

March 31
Rosendale Cafe
Rosendale, NY

April 2
Old Stone House
Brooklyn, NY

April 8
Lakeside Music Fest
Goodyear, AZ

May 19
Jalopy Theatre
Brooklyn, NY

May 20
Jericho Town Hall Opry Series
Bainbridge, NY

May 27
Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival
Wind Gap, PA
 
For info on additional appearances,
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