Pamela Means

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Pamela Means traded her hometown digs of Milwaukee, WI, for a new world on the east coast. She landed in Boston. Immediately hit the road. And hit the underground. Paying dues the old-fashioned way. Singin in the subway. On the rigors and rewards of subway busking, Pamela says, "Subway performing is kinda like boot camp. You're down there in the trenches trying to connect with people..with yourself..with your own music. It has grounded me and illuminated my reasons for being an artist. Recognizing the power and the essence of art. It is to be shared and to be moved by." Pamela Means was voted WI Female Vocalist of the Year 1996, WI Folk Artist of the Year 1995, and named Milwaukee Shepherd Express Reader's Poll Best Acoustic Act 1993 and Best Acoustic Act 1992. She has opened for Joan B'z, Patty Larkin, Shawn Colvin, Neil Young, Ani Difranco, and many, many others. Pamela performed in the 1998 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival New Artist Showcase. She was then voted by the FRFF audience survey the #1 Most Wanted to return showcase artist. She also earned the highest amount of cd sales of any New Artist in Falcon Ridge history. Pamela was nominated for a 1999 Boston Music Award in the Outstanding New Contemporary Folk Act category. 1999 also marked her debut performance at the Ben & Jerry's Newport Folk Festival. On her own Wirl Records label, indie Pamela has put out three titles; (which have cumulatively sold over 5000 units) the 1992 debut cassette, Seven Romans, which features bassist Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) followed by the cd Bone Spurs (1995) toting an Ani Difranco appearance. The latest album, Cobblestones, (1998) is her most intimate and mature release to date with everything from personally designing the artwork to ten live solo performances captured in the studio. Two full band tracks weigh in with bass, african percussion, drums and hammond organ to complete an album that is immediate, intense, warm, captivating, cutting-edge, up-close and uniquely Pamela Means. Growing national distribution and an ever-expanding tour schedule continue to carry Pamela's inimitable chunky funky beautiful bone healin' music to enthusiastic listeners from Boston to Seattle to Anchorage to The Netherlands to Poland and beyond. booking info: Wirl Records p.o. box 400913 cambridge, ma 02140 617.661.3932 booking: 617.359.7254