Just released by James Reams is a video documenting his 20th anniversary as a bluegrass bandleader. I’ve written about James many times, here at Fervor Coulee and elsewhere. I’ve always found his brand of bluegrass appealing. From James’ presser:
It’s a wrap! The video celebrating James Reams’ 20th anniversary as a bandleader has been completed. You can check it out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIzioQR3gEw. This video contains many never-before-seen photos of his childhood in Kentucky, band performances across the country, new footage of live performances featuring songs from the most recent album, and more. Putting this together and compressing 20 years into about 6 minutes was a tremendous task. It’s like time lapse photography – looking back on early roots and seeing how the tree has grown and spread (now with two bands on both coasts) – is quite a revelation and hopefully will encourage new bands just getting their start.
So far, the 20th Anniversary Coast-to-Coast Celebration has been fantastic with shows in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, New York, and New Jersey. James Reams & The Barnstormers have even headlined a few festivals. Reunion shows with former bandmembers are coming up culminating in an “All Star Jam” at the 14th Annual Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Jamboree in Brooklyn, Sept. 27 and 28, that James originated.
Twenty years in the business and going stronger than ever, James is looking forward to what’s in store for the next 20 years.