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Andy Palmer and Grub Street Writer / Press

“4.5 out of 5 stars. The prolific musician has found a way to fill his songs with heavy thoughts and deep concepts, but Palmer also manages to keep the songs approachable, inviting and entertaining.”

“it’s a powerful track showcasing how folk rock can actually rock. It’s dense and driving.”

“think of a modern-day Bob Dylan doused with smokey New York City night club folk, topped off with a soothing dose of Rocky Mountain hipster. His sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, and it does a lot more than 'work' for him.”

“***Best of Denver 2011*** 'Andy Palmer, a former public defender in Brooklyn and river-raft guide in Colorado, seems to bring his impressive life experience to bear on Sometime Around, a release that boasts hints of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Mississippi John Hurt. Thanks to Palmer's heartfelt vocal style and explosive acoustic guitar playing, the tracks have a timeless sound that gives the entire record an epic feel.'”

"Andy Palmer's voice stands out like gravel rolling with the sea on a windy day and yet it melts like butter with the other instruments going on, especially with the acoustic. The lyrics are awesome too. It does take a bit of listening harder than you normally would to catch all the words, but you can tell the words have meaning behind them. In short, it isn’t an “oh baby I love you” kind of album, it’s more complex than that, just as life is. The lyrics of some songs are actually pretty sketchy. This is probably because of Andy Palmer's job as a public attorney. Not the most squeaky clean of jobs, but great inspiration for writing songs. Such awesomeness is difficult to find elsewhere. It seems Denver has produced a gem of a band, but not the shiny expensive stuff you see in those high class jewellery stores. It’s one of those uncut gems that’s been through the nose but worth just as much. Listen to the album damn it!"

"The genre-mixed intonation displayed on the disc blends beautifully with Palmer’s scratchy, deep and weathered voice. The mid-tempo opening tune “Grrr” is exactly what the title suggests. Palmer displays lion-like growls while he dirtily tells his lover “I can clean out a vault/in no time at all/and it’s all your booty/you’re who I do it for.” Reeled back, powerful songs are a majority of the album, with “History’s Done” being a great example of the overall theme. This song finds Palmer at his Ben Harper-esque best; strumming an acoustic guitar and building his voice to a high, yell-like crescendo. The powerful line “when history’s done send the wind to me/tell the wind I’ll hear/sing a song for me my friend/ about eternal years” is a sturdy punctuation mark on a heavy song. Ultimately, it’s the strong lyrics and structure blended with the various musical sounds that make Andy Palmer’s debut a solid success."

“***Live Review*** "Though producer Justin Peacock did about as good a job as anyone could have, the material from Sometime Around sounded more nuanced and driven when performed live proving that you cannot record or cage the energy and growl of Andy Palmer. The fact of the matter is this band is meant to be seen live. Lyrics full of introspection and depth were combined with the sweet oblivion of a jammy Gibson tone. Resonator guitar was combined with funky bass lines. Andy’s gritty voice was accentuated by the vocal stylings of Ayo Awosika. Dark was paired with light for an all-around…well, good freakin’ night."”

“Produced by Denver local Justin Peacock Sometime Around is an album of substance. With lyrics that come from the soul of a man who is careful when he speaks, Palmer analyzes the realities and harshness of life through song. While he frequently smiles, his voice is as rough as the world he sings about. When Andy thinks about song-writing, he thinks about 'crafting songs for longevity. Songs that have emotional impact and hit you somehow. Not because you can dance for twenty minutes to it. It is more about the dramatic presentation of feelings, not to try and get someone out of their seats.'”

“• "[Sometime Around] 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."”

"Sometime Around is a great debut... Andy Palmer proves he is an artist to keep an eye on."

“[Andy Palmer's] connecting abilities are compelling. It’s what’s missing in so much songwriting…the need to connect that works on a visceral level from the artist and a welcome mat at your door. I’ve worked with some honest and endearing story-tellers/singers/liars. Palmer is all of that. Go see. Go listen."”

Original drummer for Emmylou Harris' Hot Band - John A. Ware

"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 a 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."

Jonathan Bitz - Denver Syntax