Pam Setser / Now

NOW - PAM SETSER

NOW - PAM SETSER

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Pam Setser

Pam Setser- Lead, Harmony Vocals and Mountain Dulcimer Tim Crouch: Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Percussion and Harmony Vocals Jeff Taylor: Piano and Accordion Brad Apple: Harmony Vocals "Grandma Danced with the Arkansas Traveler Charley Sandage: Harmony Vocals "Pretty Dresses" Alisa Jones Wall: Duet Harmony Vocals "Tuned" (Courtesy of Cumberland Records) The Isaacs : Lead and Harmony Vocals "Neighbors" (The Isaacs appear courtesy of House of Isaacs) Engineered and Produced by Tim Crouch Photography: Amber Masterson Recorded at Studio 1920 1920 Bearette Street Batesville, AR 72501

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Pam Setser

You can find Pam on several recordings that "The Simmons Family band made four albums. She is on five mountain dulcimer albums with her mom. Her solo albums are At Last, Crooked Ridge, and her latest, Now.
"Most of the songs on Crooked Ridge are more familiar songs," Pam says, "whereas on Now, most of these songs are first-time recordings." Pam enjoys a diversity of Americana music, and that is reflected in the 13 songs on Now. But at the end of the day, it is all about the song. "I didn't pick the songs thinking about genres. I picked the songs because I liked the words and melody. When we recorded them, each song took its own direction."

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Pam Setser: A life of musical memories 

Pam Setser: A life of musical memories 

A lifetime in music has given Pam Setser a treasure trove of memories from the past and the anticipation of much more to come. The folk/bluegrass/country singer and musician: 

- Was part of her family band for 16 years. 
- Met Doc Watson and Maybelle Carter when she was 9. 
- Sang a song to Merle Haggard. 
- Was on Hee Haw with her mom. 
- Played at the Ozark Folk Center in her home state of Arkansas since it opened in 1973. 
- Performed with her family band for Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. 
- Performed with her mom at a luncheon honoring Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore. 
- Has been on the stage with Grandpa and Ramona Jones, The Whites, and Joni Bishop. 

Pam adds to her musical memories with the current lineup of groups she performs with; The Pam Setser Band, Apple & Setser, Leatherwoods, and Ozark Granny Chicks. She also performs as a solo artist.  And today, Pam's newest album, Now, reflects her life in music. It is an Americana mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, 1930s swing, and country. 

It all began with her family.  "I started singing when I was 5 years old," Pam recalls. "My dad was already playing some guitar; mom played some autoharp…so we started playing as a family band, The Simmons Family."  She feels blessed to have been able to play music with her parents.  "I am the youngest of four children, so music was a great outlet for me to see places I wouldn't have experienced otherwise," Pam says. "We had lots of fun and adventures together, and I treasure those memories."  Pam also sang in church. "My grandpa was a Baptist preacher," Pam says, "so the church was and still is a part of my life." 

Pam learned to play the autoharp when she was 8. "I would lay it on my lap to play so I could use my left hand for strumming" recalls the left-handed musician.  She describes how "my mother tried to teach me on a right-handed mountain dulcimer, but I was having trouble..."; so "Lynn McSpadden, the maker, said, 'Let me make her a left-handed dulcimer.' And that was what I needed." 

At 15, Pam took up spoons. "I saw someone play them and just thought how neat," she remembers. "I want to do that!"  By the time she was 23, it was time to learn guitar and upright bass.  "Most of my guitars have been specially ordered," Pam says. "Not every music store carries lefties. My latest guitar is a Red Gibson J200. We looked for it for three years and finally found it at a store in Texas called Southpaw."  She plays upright bass, by the way, right-handed.   Of all these instruments the mountain dulcimer is her favorite. "It has such a sweet sound, and I have such wonderful memories playing duets with my mom."  While rearing her two children, Pam says, "my income from my music was our fun money…money was tight then." 

You can find Pam on many, many recordings.  "The Simmons Family Band” made four albums. She is on five mountain dulcimer albums with her mom. Her solo albums are At Last, Crooked Ridge, and her latest Now. 

"Most of the songs on Crooked Ridge are more familiar songs," Pam says, "whereas on Now, most of these songs are first-time recordings."  Pam enjoys a diversity of Americana music, and that is reflected in the 13 songs on Now. But at the end of the day, it is all about the song.  "I didn't pick the songs thinking about genres. I picked the songs because I liked the words and melody. When we recorded them, each song took its own direction." 

Pam is now with Valerie Smith's Bell Buckle Records. Valerie is also acting as Pam's creative marketing director.  Pam continues to make her musical memories with her records, performances with her bands while living in Mountain View, Arkansas, the place where she grew up and still calls home. 

Like many musicians, Pam has been performing on Facebook because of the pandemic.  "I feel God has given me my talent, and I always hope my music blesses those who listen," Pam says. "I feed off an audience that gets into your performance. No matter what is going on in my life, when I get on stage, it's like all is OK."

Pam Setser - ABOUT

Pam Setser's life story is a life of music. 

Pam Setser's life story is a life of music. 

When Pam was 5-years-old she began singing with her mom and dad's family band and continued for 16 years. Later, she became a working mother and raised her own family while still continuing to make her music.  For Pam Setser, music has always played a role in her everyday life and still does today for the talented singer and multi-instrumentalist. 

Along the way, Pam's voice has been heard on numerous albums, with her parents and on three solo works, including her current Now CD. The 13-song Now album is a collection of Americana music containing folk, bluegrass, gospel, country, and 1930s swing.  Wow!  Pam embraces a wide variety of styles and sounds within her musical toolbox. 

It all began with her family. 

"I started singing when I was 5 years old," Pam says. "My dad was already playing some guitar, and my mother played some autoharp…so we started playing as a family band, The Simmons Family." 

Singing in church was a part of Pam's life – her grandfather was a Baptist preacher until his death; however, Pam also kept music as a big part of her everyday life and creation. The Simmons Family Band allowed Pam to appear on the iconic television show Hee-Haw and created a rare opportunity to meet legendary greats Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, and Merle Haggard. Pam has also had the honor of sharing the spotlight on stage with Grandpa and Ramona Jones, The Whites, and Joni Bishop. In addition to appearing as a solo artist, Pam performs with the Pam Setser Band, Apple & Setser, Leatherwoods, and Ozark Granny Chicks. In other words, her musical talents are well in demand these days and have been for many years. 

Pam grew up in the charming, historic town of Mountain View, Arkansas, a city of 2,800 or so in the Ozarks that has a rich tradition of preserving folk music and culture. She still calls Mountain View her home and has performed at the Ozark Folk Center since 1973. 

In addition to her singing, Pam plays autoharp, mountain dulcimer, spoons, guitar, and upright bass. 

Of all those instruments, the mountain dulcimer is her favorite. "It has such a sweet sound, and I have such wonderful memories playing duets with my mom." 

Being left-handed in a right-handed world can be a bit of a challenge. "Most of my guitars have been custom ordered," Pam says. "Not every music store carries instruments for left-handed instrumentalists”.  Pam's latest prize guitar is a Red Gibson J200 that was located after a three-year search mission. After waiting patiently, she was able to locate the Red Gibson J200 at a store in Texas called Southpaw. 

You can find Pam on several recordings such as The Simmons Family Band, who recorded four albums, and on five mountain dulcimer projects with her mother. Setser's solo albums are At Last, Crooked Ridge, and her latest, Now. 

Pam's musical influences included lessons from her parents, and listening to the sounds of Anne Murray, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, The Whites, James Taylor, and John Prine (not a bad list of influences!). Mountain View musicians Dean Hinesley, Buddy Lancaster, Charley Sandage, Kay Thomas, and Judy Klinkhammer also played a big part in shaping the sounds of Pam's music. 

Pam is currently a Bell Buckle Records artist. Record label owner Valerie Smith says "I couldn't be more excited to add Pam Setser to our roster; she is talented, writes unique songs, and has her very own raw, honest musical style”. 

Keep visiting her website for current shows and the new music that is to come!