Andy Palmer and Grub Street Writer
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Denver, Colorado

Andy Palmer and Grub Street Writer

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 has listed his music as some of “Denver’s Best,” calling it “timeless” and “epic”. At the national level, Palmer was named by in the top 15 new independent artists of 2011 and 2012. 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 also has been featured in multiple independent films. 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, 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.

Palmer is a finalist to perform at the NewSong-LEAF singer/songwriter competition in May 2017 and he has shared stages with Mick Fleetwood, Lake Street Dive, Trevor Hall, Band of Heathens, Joshua James, Justin Townes Earle and more.


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  • Andy Palmer
    Pic of Andy Palmer
    Role / Instrument:
    vocals, acoustic and resonator guitars, harmonica
    urban streets, silent woods, Dylan, Waits, Cohen, Marley and all the great poets
    Favorite Bands:
    Jack White, Tom Waits, Anders Osborne
  • Jonah Wisneski
    Pic of Jonah Wisneski
    Role / Instrument:
    Lead guitar
    Wilco, My Morning Jacket
  • Hunter Roberts
    Pic of Hunter Roberts
    Role / Instrument:
    Electric/Upright Bass
  • Jared Forqueran
    Pic of Jared Forqueran
    Role / Instrument:



  • Jonah Wisneski
  • Grub St. Writer - Gothic Theater
  • Jonah - Gothic Theater
  • Boulder Theater
  • Jonah Wisneski
  • Gothic Theater
  • Closing the show - TEDx Boulder 9/2013
  • Full band
  • Behind scenes of 'The Monk' video
  • Grub Street Writer: "Until the early 19th century, Grub Street was a street close to London's impoverished Moorfields district that ran from Fore Street east of St Giles-without-Cripplegate north to Chiswell Street. Famous for its concentration of impover


Storm's Not ComingPlay →
GrrrLive at The Boulder TheaterPlay →
GrrrSometime AroundPlay →
The DefendantHazard of the DiePlay →
The MonkHazard of the DiePlay →
Good SonHazard of the DiePlay →
Lizzie RoseOn the Road to CrazyPlay →
I Died TodaySometime AroundPlay →


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"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." Live Show Review of Palmer with his band Grub St. Writer

— Relix Magazine (Jul 15, 2015)

At first you are reminded of Dylan, with "Palmer’s raspy vocal patterns and populist lyricism. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that Palmer’s prose, among a blend of folk and rock, is as imaginative as it is relatable." 8 Bands That Are Crushing It In Denver

— Matador Network (Nov 9, 2015)

Andy named one of Colorado's Best Solo Artists: Picture, if you will, yourself- as a young rising star in the legal world, living it up in Brooklyn, New York and partying like its 1999. You have a beautiful wife, love the city life, and have recently rekindled that bright fire that used to light up your soul- being a performing musician.

— Colorado Music Buzz (Jul 14, 2014)

We’re talking about folk-rock with an edge, with grit and a little New York City swagger… Palmer has one of music’s most unique voices. It’s deep, scratchy, and authentic

— The Pier Magazine (Feb 5, 2015)

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

— Denver Post's Reverb (Oct 20, 2014)

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.

— Colorado Music Buzz (Oct 1, 2014)

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.

— Marquee Magazine (Sep 30, 2014)

"[Palmer] rolled out one of the best albums of 2013."

— The Troubadour's Road (Aug 15, 2013)

“A lyricist who writes openly and honestly and delivers those words couched in colorful and creative blankets of sound, all hinged upon his unique vocals”

— Andrew Greenhalgh Music Blogger (Apr 10, 2013)

“Palmer’s music is convincing because of its depth. With instrumentation centering around his acoustic guitars, the beauty in his songs comes in large part from the compelling stories he tells.”

— Coyote Music (May 11, 2013)

“In the spirit of great storytellers such as Tom Waits, Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Nick Cave, this album is alive with poetic outlaw adventures which tumble through the topics of robbery, death, class struggle, sin, and salvation.”

— Middle Tennessee Music (Apr 11, 2013)

“Andy Palmer presents us with an alt-folk-rock EP of quirky, edgy, bluesy, and poetic odes of human brilliance.”

— Inside Music World (Apr 12, 2013)

“Palmer’s voice is enigmatic”

— Wildy's World (Apr 16, 2013)

“Not many people can pull off having a voice so deep, but Palmer does a good job of it – such a good job in fact that his sound becomes almost addictive.”

— Good Vibes Music Reviews (May 22, 2013)

“Like Waits, Cohen and Dylan, Palmer fully recognizes the impact of his voice and takes full advantage, enhancing his poetic lyrics with elegant rhythmic motifs.”

— JiveWired (May 21, 2013)

"4 out of 5 stars"

— Marquee Magazine (May 1, 2013)

"...damn near epic..."

— Westword Magazine (Apr 4, 2013)

"Both Kern and Palmer were on fire, and people loved it!"

— Listen Up, Denver! (Oct 26, 2012)

"Ultimately, it’s the strong lyrics and structure blended with the various musical sounds that make Andy Palmer’s debut a solid success.”

— Scene Magazine (Aug 31, 2011)

“…his record is excellent. 'Sometime Around' has high production value and a gritty, folk-rock vibe that stays with you after the songs end–and Palmer’s squeaky/gravelly vocals are just the icing on the cake.”

— The Oomph - A Music Blog (Jul 3, 2011)

"I am occasionally moved to the point of total speechlessness and this is one of those times. Well done AP!”

— Stand by Your Jam (Oct 17, 2011)

“Voices like this have not come to the forefront of the music scene since the likes of Louis Armstrong and Tom Waits... 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 is worth just as much. Listen to the album damn it!"

— Interstate Live (Nov 15, 2011)

"Andy Palmer is an amazing talent and his honest and raw vocals serve to superbly compliment [Sometime Around's] wonderful arrangements."

— Jive Wired (May 16, 2012)

“'Sometime Around' is a great debut… Andy Palmer proves he is an artist to keep an eye on.”

— Target Audience Magazine (Oct 15, 2011)

"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.”

— Denver's Westword (Dec 20, 2011)



  • June 2011

    • 8thdetails ↓Warming Up

      Wednesday @ 9:00pm

      Here's GSW!
    • 8thdetails ↓Out of the box

      Wednesday @ 10:00pm

      Here's Grub Street Writer
  • July 2011

    • 24thdetails ↓Underground Music Showcase

      Sunday @ 6:00pm

      The UMS is good, good times!
  • August 2011

    • 11thdetails ↓Hi Diving!

      Thursday @ 9:00pm

      Getting wet off the Hi Dive!
  • September 2011

  • October 2011

    • 14thdetails ↓Palmer CD Release Party

      Friday @ 10:00pm

      'Sometime Around' CD Release Party!
    • 22nddetails ↓Occupy Denver Rally

      Saturday @ 6:00pm

      Occupy something!
  • February 2012

    • 2nddetails ↓CD Release The Whales

      Thursday @ 10:00pm

      w/ Jonah and the Whales
    • 2nddetails ↓The Whales CD Release Party!

      Thursday @ 10:00pm

      CD Release Party for the Whales!
  • March 2012

    • 17thdetails ↓SXSW Showcase!

      Saturday @ 10:00pm

      Join the crazy goodness that is SXSW!
    • 29thdetails ↓...

      Thursday @ 10:00pm

      w/ Dustin Morris
    • 31stdetails ↓Feed Denver Rally

      Saturday @ 6:00pm

      Fill up.
  • May 2012

    • 3rddetails ↓Andy solo

      Thursday @ 10:00pm

      solo and stripped down
    • 5thdetails ↓Cinco de Mayo Party

      Saturday @ 10:00pm

  • June 2012

    • 1stdetails ↓GSW

      Friday @ 12:00am

      Full band headlining
    • 2nddetails ↓People's Fair

      Saturday @ 12:00am

      A rare event where Grub Street will be fun for the whole family.
    • 6thdetails ↓WYU

      Wednesday @ 2:00pm

      Could be sending students back to class a little loopy.
    • 23rddetails ↓Westword Music Showcase

      Saturday @ 8:00pm

    • 28thdetails ↓Steven Vidaic CD Release Party

      Thursday @ 9:00pm

      Andy Palmer and some members of Grub Street Writer acoustic with special guests opening for Steven Vidaic (Citizen Cope)
    • 30thdetails ↓Nuther One

      Saturday @ 9:00pm

      This ain't no jam band... not that there's anything wrong with that.
  • July 2012

    • 4thdetails ↓After Fireworks Party

      Wednesday @ 10:00pm

      Andy Palmer solo
  • August 2012

    • 3rddetails ↓Andy solo

      Friday @ 12:00am

      solo on the patio with Ryan Chrys and I'm with Her
    • 23rddetails ↓RAW

      Thursday @ 12:00am

      Part of artist showcase
    • 24thdetails ↓Tennyson's

      Friday @ 10:00pm

      Grub St. as an acoustic trio. w/ Lindsay and the Lost Caravan
    • 25thdetails ↓House Concert

      Saturday @ 9:00pm

      Intimate solo show
    • 27thdetails ↓Kabaret (live radio)

      Monday @ 12:00am

      KGNU in studio performance
  • September 2012

    • 13thdetails ↓Acoustic GSW!

      Thursday @ 7:30pm

      Chill out with the mellower side of Andy Palmer and GSW.
    • 16thdetails ↓BBQ Show w/ Slim Cessna

      Sunday @ 5:00pm

      w/ Slim Cessna's Auto Club
    • 28thdetails ↓Pick of the Week! - Listen Up, Denver!

      Friday @ 10:00pm

      w/ Mosey West and Strange Americans
    • 29thdetails ↓GSW Goes South

      Saturday @ 9:00pm

      On the road
  • October 2012

    • 16thdetails ↓Opening for The Deep Dark Woods

      Tuesday @ 9:00pm

      Andy acoustic
  • November 2012

  • December 2012

    • 6thdetails ↓Andy solo

      Thursday @ 9:00pm

      With Strange Americans
      27th and Larimer
    • 7thdetails ↓Come Together

      Friday @ 10:00pm

      The Oak Creek Band hosts a Beatles celebration party. Andy will be singing a few Beatles tunes with the Oak Creek boys backing him.
  • February 2013

  • March 2013

    • 6thdetails ↓Strings & Wood Concerts

      Wednesday @ 12:00am

      w/ SHEL
      Tickets: Donation
    • 21stdetails ↓Andy w/ friends acoustic

      Thursday @ 8:00pm

      2 sets with Andy and friends hosted by the intimate Swallow Hill Music.
      71 E. Yale Ave.
      Tickets: $7
  • April 2013

    • 3rddetails ↓Andy solo performs for Acoustic Circus

      Wednesday @ 10:00pm

      Live recording for Acoustic Circus compilation disc.
      Tickets: $5
  • May 2013

  • June 2013

    • 1stdetails ↓Grub St. Writer plays People's Fair Festival

      Saturday @ 5:00pm

      Capitol Hill People's Fair!
      Tickets: Free
  • August 2013

    • 17thdetails ↓Empire Americana Festival

      Saturday @ 5:00pm

      Andy solo
  • September 2013

    • 7thdetails ↓Andy solo

      Saturday @ 8:00pm

      Some choice national and local acts all together.
    • 13thdetails ↓Andy at Chautauqua Auditorium!

      Friday @ 8:00pm

      Andy plays as part of Reel Rock Movie premier, in which his music has been featured.
    • 21stdetails ↓TEDx

      Saturday @ 9:00pm

      Closing out Boulder's annual TEDx event!
    • 26thdetails ↓Andy with Grub Street Writer

      Thursday @ 9:30pm

    • 29thdetails ↓Andy solo opening for Cody Crump

      Sunday @ 8:00pm

      Cody is great. Check it.
      Tickets: $5
  • October 2013

    • 24thdetails ↓Andy with Grub Street Writer

      Thursday @ 10:00pm

  • November 2013

    • 5thdetails ↓Andy solo

      Tuesday @ 10:00pm

      Tickets: $5
    • 8thdetails ↓KGNU live interview

      Friday @ 4:00pm

      radio interview
    • 14thdetails ↓Bohemian Foundation Podcast

      Thursday @ 3:00pm

      Interview for podcast
    • 29thdetails ↓Andy solo

      Friday @ 8:00pm

  • December 2013

    • 6thdetails ↓Andy solo with Drew Schofield

      Friday @ 8:00pm

  • January 2014

    • 26thdetails ↓John Mieras' CD release

      Sunday @ 8:00pm

      Andy solo
    • 30thdetails ↓full band

      Thursday @ 10:00pm

      An evening with Grub St. Writer
  • February 2014

    • 1stdetails ↓Lara Ruggles' CD release party

      Saturday @ 8:00pm

      Andy performs solo
    • 13thdetails ↓w/ Samill Joe

      Thursday @ 9:00pm

      Andy solo with buddy Sawmill Joe
  • April 2014

    • 18thdetails ↓Grub St. Writer at Gothic Theater

      Friday @ 10:00pm

      full band takes The Gothic
  • June 2014

    • 14thdetails ↓With Trevor Hall

      Saturday @ 9:00pm

      Andy performs as a duo with guitarist Jonah Wisneski
  • January 2015

    • 9thdetails ↓Walnut Room 10th Anniversary Show

      Friday @ 9:00pm

      Andy and Grub St. Writer perform as special guests for the Walnut Room's 10th Anniversary extravaganza!
    • 16thdetails ↓Grub St. Writer at The Bluebird Theater

      Friday @ 9:00pm

      Full band digs deep and delivers a driving, nasty set of roots rock, folk-punk -- with Fox Street Allstars
  • February 2015

    • 25thdetails ↓w/ Joshua James

      Wednesday @ 9:00pm

      Andy duo with Jonah Wisneski
  • March 2015

    • 7thdetails ↓full band

      Saturday @ 9:00pm

      w/ Anthony Ruptak and Adrienne O
    • 24thdetails ↓w/ Ben Caplan - Ghost of Paul Revere

      Tuesday @ 9:00pm

      Andy duo
  • May 2015

    • 29thdetails ↓Music on the Mesa Festival

      Friday @ 9:00pm

      w/ Band of Heathens, Justin Townes Earle