earthy, honest, gritty
"Weighty and full of emotion, Andy Palmer's music is hypnotic in its ability to be both full of strength and vulnerability simultaneously," writes Afropunk
Andy Palmer is a former New York City public defender whose three years of living and working in Brooklyn’s trenches clearly provide fodder for the painful truths and ruggedness of his contemporary folk and alternative roots-rock sound. Palmer’s distinctively gritty vocals and hard luck tales have garnered him favorable comparisons to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and Leonard Cohen. Of nearly 400 submissions, Palmer was recently selected as one of eight finalists nationwide to compete in the 2017 NewSong-LEAF songwriter competition in Black Mountain, NC. He finished in the top three. Organizers invited Palmer to play The Kennedy Center in DC as a result.
Palmer's released his third album in May 2017. Marquee Magazine lists 'The Switch' among Colorado's top 20 of the year. Westword Magazine calls Palmer's music “timeless” and “epic” and listed his debut CD Sometime Around among one of Denver's best releases of 2011. Relix Magazine reviewed Palmer's live show in July 2015, writing that "while the saying 'Grub Street Writer' refers to low-level writing with little literary value, the songwriting from Palmer and company is anything but hackneyed… [Palmer has] a raspy Dylan-esque voice that rumbles off the walls." Pier Magazine featured Palmer, saying that he "has one of music’s most unique voices. It’s deep, scratchy, and authentic…" The Matador Network lists Palmer as one of Denver's best musical artists, alongside last year's breakout artist Nathaniel Rateliff. "His sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, and it does a lot more than 'work' for him," explains Colorado Music Buzz.
Summer 2016 saw Palmer spearheading the production of a compilation disc of Colorado-based musicians who have written songs about some of the police violence recently being witnessed around the nation. Palmer and his band Grub St. Writer have shared stages with Mick Fleetwood, Trevor Hall, The Band of Heathens, Lake Street Dive and Joshua James among others.