Pamela Means & Thank God for Science
A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer, Pamela Means’s multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “# 1 Most Wanted New Artist,” “Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year,” “Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year,” and her politically provocative album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004’s “Outmusic Outstanding New Recording.” Pamela Means was twice voted “Best Acoustic Act” of the year in her hometown of Milwaukee, WI; and after setting up shop in the bustling ‘burbs of Boston, Mass., Pamela was nominated for an “Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist” Boston Music Award. Means’s latest album, Precedent, elegantly addresses a range of themes from the state of the union to the state of the heart. Curve Magazine calls her “one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today.”
Consistently honing her craft, Pamela Means garnered acclaim with her seminal jazz recording, the “insanely brilliant” (Press Herald, Portland ME), Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1, in which, “Means takes her rightful place among contemporary superstar jazz vocalists such as Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones” (Curve Magazine). Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1 was also named a “Top Ten Album of 2007” (Muruch Entertainment Blog).
From recording her first tape in the living room of Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, Pamela Means has gone on to share stages with artists including Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, David Strathairn, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Television, The Radiators, Adrian Belew, Leo Kottke and Janis Ian. Pamela Means has performed at notable venues such as the Newport, Falcon Ridge and Clearwater Folk Festival(s), SXSW Music Conference and, internationally, at the eminent Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Stockholm Pride (Sweden) and Jazz Cafe Alto (The Netherlands). Pamela Means has also composed for and licensed music to PBS, independent filmmakers and folkpoet Alix Olson’s multi-award-winning film and CD projects.
With virtuosic musicianship, razor wit and a disarming sense of humor, Pamela Means is building a vibrant and remarkable career, delighting audiences from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Sydney to Stockholm to Honolulu and New York. Thrilled audience members often exclaim they’ve ‘never seen anyone play guitar like Pamela Means!’ Plus, Ani DiFranco said to Pamela Means, “you groove so deep, so deep I can’t get out. And I wouldn’t want to.” We guarantee you won’t want to either.
Thank God for Science
Thank God For Science is a one of a kind musical medium that explores sonic and musical vocabulary searching for harmony, chaos, enlightenment and everything in between.
Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T, Jeffrey Foucault, Twinemen) penned the first two volumes while settling into Fatherhood after a long run of touring throughout the world as a bassist for hire. On keyboards, James Rohr and on guitar, Mike Castellana, both from one of the most well respected groups in Boston, The Blue Ribbons. On drums, Peter MacLean (Township, Maceo Parker). A drummer who can induce a meditation on “pocket” after a mere 8 bars. Laurence Scudder (Spotted Tiger, Brothers McCann) adds his refined blend of natural and effected Viola while Barry Rothman (Radio Swan, Kosher Ham) maintains the voodoo on vintage turntables and effect pedals to create an atmosphere that is wholly unique. On Perfectly placed guitars, Marc Pinansky (Township, Bored Of Health). Marc was kind enough to lend his talents producing “Volume One” along with recording Maestro Dave Westner (Peter Wolf, Wooly Mammoth Sound) at Armory Sound in Somerville, MA in March of 2015.