James Reams and The Barnstormers Bluegrass Concert
James Reams & The Barnstormers, a long-established nationally-known bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be appearing at First Unitarian Church on Friday, July 17th as part of the Good Coffeehouse Concert Series in conjunction with First Acoustics. Show starts at 8PM and tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door). The First Unitarian Church is located at 50 Monroe Place (between Pierrepont St and Monroe Place) in Brooklyn Heights, 11201. You won't want to miss this great opportunity to see a high-energy, crowd-pleasing, foot-stomping performance from James Reams & The Barnstormers.
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. In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, "Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard." Their latest CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, made two Top Ten CDs of 2011 lists and had a single that charted nationally.
In 2014, Bluegrass Today ran an interview with music reviewer and critic, Donald Teplyske. When asked what his favorite all time bluegrass project was, Donald answered, "If I could listen to only one album I guess I would choose James Reams & the Barnstormers' Troubled Times for several reasons. First, and most importantly, I think it is a terrific album it has drive, something I always appreciate. Superb songs. It was the first album of James' I encountered, and as such, is memorable as he has become a great long distance bluegrass friend."
John Lupton, in Country Standard Time, wrote this about the band's first album, Barnstormin': "The music on this disc features elements 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 band's next album James Reams, Walter Hensley & The Barons of Bluegrass was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association as a Recorded Event of the Year.
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, honky tonk and rockabilly meet in the night to swap stories. These are the sounds of the hills and hollers combined with the sounds of factories, railroad yards and honky tonks.
For more information about James Reams & The Barnstormers (including music clips) visit http://www.jamesreams.com or http://cdbaby.com/all/jamesreams.
First Unitarian Church (View)
116 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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