What a great album title! One Foot In The Honky Tonk is the name of the upcoming CD release from James Reams and the Barnstormers, due shortly on Reams’ Mountain Redbird label.
Though based now in the bluegrass mecca of Brooklyn in New York City, James is Kentucky born, and imbibed bluegrass and old time music through his family starting at a very young age. He not only leads the Barnstormers, plays guitar and sings, he is also the band’s primary songwriter.
Their music is unapologetically old time bluegrass, hard core even. The songs convey traditional themes, and the arrangements are sparse, with solid instrumental accompaniment from Mark Farrell on mandolin and fiddle, Doug Nicolaisen on banjo, and Nick Sullivan on bass.
Here, James speaks about his band, the new album, and its honky tonk motif.
No official release date has been announced, but the new CD should be along in the next few weeks.