My Interviews - Pam Gadd


Interview with Pam Gadd

©2023 By Bronson Herrmuth

You can listen to this interview:   Part 1 of 4 (10 MB) mp3       Part 2 of 4 (14.3 MB) mp3     Part 3 of 4 (10.6 MB) mp3     Part 4 of 4 (5.4 MB) mp3

Pam Gadd was born in Kentucky and started playing guitar when she was 8 years old and banjo at age 14. Her dad taught her to play instruments, her mom taught her to sing harmony, and she played her first professional gig at age 16. By 19 she joined her first professional touring bluegrass group, the Muddy River Band playing banjo. Her next group was the New Coon Creek Girls, as she continued touring her region of the country playing festivals, fairs, clubs and making her living playing and teaching music.

Signed to Capital Records from 1989-1993 as the lead singer and rhythm guitar player of the all female band Wild Rose, Pam and her band mates toured internationally with great success. 3 CDs on Capital, 4 CMT videos, Billboard and R&R chart success, multiple appearances on Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, The Statler Brothers Show and many more including Hee Haw and the Joan Lunden show. Wild Rose was nominated for a Grammy in 1990 for Best Instrumental Performance and by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) for Best New Vocal Group of the Year, Pam is an outstanding banjo player, an excellent acoustic guitarist, and an even better singer. Her songwriting is the best it's ever been, and that's saying something.

You may have watched Pam on the Grand Ole Opry, where she appeared alongside Porter Wagoner for 4 years, or maybe when she was touring with Johnny Russell or with Patty Loveless opening stadium shows for Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. In the studio, some of the artists who have made guest appearances on her recordings include Dolly Parton, Marty Raybon, the late Steve Gulley, Marty Stuart, Jeff White and Dale Ann Bradley. As a songwriter she's had songs recorded by Terri Clark, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Carl Jackson, and the Rarely Herd. In June of 2022, Pam was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame.

As a solo recording artist, Pam has released 3 CD projects to date, the first being The Long Road, released in 1997, when she was signed to Vanguard Records. In 2001, her CD, Time of Our Lives was released on OMS Records, and in 2008, she independently released Benefit Of Doubt, 3 great recordings.

Pam Gadd has had an incredible career and the best part is as of May 2023, she has the #1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Survey National Chart titled "Bluegrass Survival" featuring Kenny Smith and Sam Bush. Her newest single release, "Inch By Inch", is tied at #10 on the Bluegrass Today chart and Pam wrote both of these songs. Now, over four decades after her professional music journey began, Pam continues to establish herself as one of the premier banjo players and singer songwriters of her generation. Taken from our recent studio interview, meet Pam Gadd.

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