Andy Palmer - Gritty Alt-Folk Rock
Erstwhile public defender in Brooklyn, N.Y. songwriter Andy Palmer performs solo and leads the band, Grub Street Writer. Three years of living and working in the trenches of Brooklyn's underbelly provide fodder for his lyrics and raw boom/clank of a sound, which might be qualified as folk rock with an alternative edge. His vocal quality has been compared to Cat Stevens, Ian Anderson, Tom Waits and others, but has always been very much his own making, emerging from long periods of solitude and silence.
Palmer’s debut CD, Sometime Around, will be released in the fall of 2011. His music has been featured in the fifth annual 2010 Reel Rock film and on the Colorado Wave podcast. Palmer’s previous bands have headlined the Fox Theater and Boulder Theater, among other Denver venues. Some of Palmer’s ex-bandmates have gone on to perform with national acts, including Citizen Cope.
Palmer was adopted at a young age and raised in the rural northeast on a small family farm. He has spent six winter months in near solitude in a yurt in Maine. He's lived on and volunteered at a Buddhist meditation retreat for many more months of silent meditation. He is a professionally trained massage therapist, river raft guide, and a licensed attorney. His songs capture and share these experiences through a blend of storytelling and poetry.
Press and Mentions
• "(Palmer's) record is excellent... This guy is still near the beginning of what could be a long career, and has plenty of room to grow. But besides solid writing and great guitar work, the one thing he’s got going for him is that he’s memorable, and in a good way... Not legendary yet–but certainly there is enough musical substance here that gives Palmer the potential to connect with a larger audience." oomphmusicblog.com/palmers-gritty-folk-rock/
• "(Sometime Around) is a great debut... Andy Palmer proves he is an artist to keep an eye on."
• John A. Ware (original drummer for Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band): “…I’ve worked with some honest and endearing story tellers/singers/liars. Palmer is all of that. Go see. Go listen.”
• Jonathan Bitz of Denver Syntax: “An up and coming talent, Andy Palmer's command of a room is large. With his sharp, quick stabs at his guitar - he blends a unique color field of old and new. In all, his work is delightful array of song and light. With his wordy, heady vocal orchestra, Palmer is a fresh spray of color and emotion on the Denver scene.”
• Listed as an artist of note in Denver’s Westword – May 6th Heavy Rotation
• The UMS Festival, Quixote’s True Blue (with Grub Street Writer), Larimer Lounge (with GSW), Boulder Theater (solo for the Reel Rock movie premier), The Meadowlark Bar (solo)
• Cell: 917-435-7097