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Pamela Means and The Reparations

18 Feb Posted by in Guest Writers | Comments Off on Pamela Means and The Reparations
Pamela Means and The Reparations
Pamela Means has been in the music scene for decades. With the release of her new album it is time to spread the good word and indulge in her music! The acclaimed singer-songwriter, jazz musician, and activist, has released, Pamela Means and The Reparations, “Live at Northfire,” her tenth album. An in-studio performance, recorded live, for a small group of fans, at Northfire Recording, in Amherst, MA. “Live at Northfire” showcases six Pamela Means original songs. Primarily, politically-charged indictments of our socio-political landscape plus a dose of romantic reprieve from two mesmerizing ballads.

For Means, an artist known for mastering many musically diverse projects with ease, this is the first release with a new empowered trio. A live set of punchy protest songs, primal, funky, focused grooves, and sultry queer love songs that will surely send a listener adrift on a soulful journey, soothing and searing, yet, still, speaking truth to power. Pamela Means’s clever, concise lyrics, tender to raging vocals, and fleet-fingered fretwork are elevated with the thick bottomed bass lines, infectious conga beats and lush, velvet harmonies of bassist, Cinamon Blair, and, percussionist, I-SHEA. Pamela Means puts her gentle wit, big loving spirit and powerful songwriting to work for peace in the world. She just keeps getting better and better. Her voice is strong, her musicality is entertaining and her commitment to peace is deep, genuine and consistent.

An in-studio performance, recorded live at Northfire Recording, in Amherst MA.  “Live at Northfire” comprises six Pamela Means original songs; mainly, pointed political indictments of racism, gun violence and injustice plaguing our society. Forty-plus minutes of raw, primal, focused, finessed grooves, in between delicate moments of (queer) love song reprieve, will send a listener adrift on a soulful journey, soothing and searing, yet, still, speaking truth to power. Authentic lyrics, tender to raging vocals, and fleet fretwork, are finely fleshed out with infectious conga beats, thick bass lines, and lush, signature, harmonies from bassist, Cinamon Blair, and, percussionist, I-SHEA.
Pamela Means is a Boston-based Out(spoken), Biracial, independent artist whose “kamikaze guitar style” and punchy provocative songs have worn a hole in two of her acoustic guitars. Armed with the razor wit of a stand-up comic, engaging presence, elegant poetry, and irresistible charm, Pamela Means’s “stark, defiant songs” (New York Times) set the status quo and the stage afire.
Pamela’s commitment to interrogating social ills was fostered by her unique childhood. “As the adopted daughter of a white mother and black father, I learned about dismantling systems of oppression from the inside out.” Pamela received her first guitar at the age of fourteen, just after her mother died of cancer, and it soon became Pamela’s primary vehicle for expression. It would also serve as a passport out of a life that consisted of poverty, foster homes, and the inner city life of hyper-segregated Milwaukee WI.
Pamela Means relocated to Boston, busked in the city subways and famed Harvard Square, founded her own record label and began touring. Pamela has performed on three continents and across the country, gaining fans and rave reviews from Anchorage to Amsterdam, Sydney to Stockholm, San Francisco to Honolulu to New York, breaking album sales records at national festivals and sharing stages with Pete Seeger, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Gil-Scott Heron, Adrian Belew, Violent Femmes, Holly Near and more. Means has also been the recipient of several nominations and music awards in multiple categories.
Pamela Means “exhibits a rare emotional fire in today’s folk world,” (Seven Days, Burlington VT) so much so that Ani DiFranco exclaimed, “you’ve got such a deep, deep groove, I can’t get out. And, I wouldn’t want to.”
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