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Review: 'PALMER, LEE'

-  Label: 'On The Fly Records'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '24th February 2017'

Our Rating:
Another day, another Canadian singer songwriter.

This one, like countless others before, presents the artist's take on love, loneliness, confusion and pain.

Solidly co-produced by Cuban roots musician Elmer Ferrer, with guest female vocalists, this is a laid back collection of mellow Americana and jazzy blues with just a hint of Cajun.

Palmer's perseverance and dedication to music making is evident from the fact that the album's release (his fourth in as many years) comes not long after a rapid recuperation from quadruple bypass surgery.

The ten original songs include That's No Way To Go, which is about Glen Campbell's fight with Alzheimer's, and Tulsa Sound,a tribute to J.J. Cale which also sings the praises of Lynyrd Skynrd.

Nostalgic musings and personal reflections are constant reference points and come to the fore on tunes about his home town in Greater Toronto (My Town) and a song about his late father My Old Man, a battle-axe with a heart of gold.

In the former, Palmer conjures up a fond memory of "Sitting on the front porch, taking in a cool breeze" which pretty well sums up the chilled, easy going and predictable quality of the record.     

Lee Palmer's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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