Band Member Bios
~ vocals, acoustic and resonator guitars, harmonica ~
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 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. 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… GSW likely will find a wider audience in Colorado and beyond.” Pier Magazine featured Palmer, saying that he “has one of music’s most unique voices. It’s deep, scratchy, and authentic…” Continuing on the national level, Palmer was named by Indie-music.com in the top 15 new independent artists of 2011 and 2012, and in November 2015, Palmer was featured on the Matador Network as one of Denver’s best musical artists. Interstatelive.com says: “Voices like this have not come to the forefront of the music scene since the likes of Louis Armstrong and Tom Waits.” Jive Wired enthuses: “Andy Palmer is an amazing talent and his honest and raw vocals serve to superbly compliment his wonderful arrangements.”
Palmer’s music is featured in multiple independent films, including ‘The Boat Builder’ starring Christopher Lloyd and written by Denver’s own Arnold Grossman. Based in part on these notable successes, producer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray) hand-selected Palmer to work with and produced his second CD Hazard of the Die. Released in the spring of 2013, popular Colorado music blog, The Troubadour’s Road, called Hazard “simply one of the best albums of 2013.”
In mid-2014, Palmer showed versatility and self-released a live set of his duo work performed at The Boulder Theater. Seeing momentum and promise, indie-label, Immersive Records (Boulder), picked up Palmer soon thereafter. The label released Palmer’s single, Storm’s Not Coming, accompanied by the beautifully raw, spiritual The Hill. Storm received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from one of the front-range’s most respective reviewers — Marquee Magazine. Continuing to demonstrate his growth, Storm solidified Palmer as one of Denver’s most unique musical artists. “His sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, and it does a lot more than ‘work’ for him,” explains Colorado Music Buzz. However, for all of Palmer’s mounting accolades, those who see him perform agree that it is his deeply compelling stage presence and commitment during live shows that make him one of Colorado’s most promising musicians.
Currently, Palmer is 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. He is also in the studio tracking new releases expected in spring 2016.
Palmer and his band Grub St. Writer have shared stages with Trevor Hall, The Band of Heathens, Lake Street Dive, Justin Townes Earle, The Revivalists, and Joshua James among others.