Listen to Stevie in conversation with Ross on Saturday from 12 noon and 12 midnight and 6pm on Monday.
Following an initial musical career as a drummer Stevie Palmer decided to turn his full attention to the art and craft of songwriting. This progression was always more than likely as Stevie grew up surrounded by his mother, folk singer/songwriter Eileen Penman’s music and musical loves as well as those of her partner and avid music collector Dougal Carnegie. These influences covered a wide and varied terrain from John Coltrane and Abdullah Ibrahim to Dick Gaughan, Michael Marra, Dougie Maclean,Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark as well as a few hundred others in between.
Before fully embracing these Folk, Jazz and Americana roots, initially rebelling against them in time honoured tradition, Stevie’s first musical love was black American music from the 1960’s largely via the Motown and Stax record labels, with artists like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson never being far from earshot. From early on in his teens to the present day the music of Paul Weller has also figured largely.
Stevie’s songwriting and performances are imbued with deep soulful sensitivity. While being instantly engaging, they are also capable of revealing new layers of emotional depth with each listen. The story so far has been one of high achievement for Stevie. After finding initial success in various local songwriting competitions he was selected as a National Burnsong winner in 2007. A song written during his involvement in this adventure called ‘Black Is The Sun‘ was soon after picked up by Ian Green at the Greentrax recording label and included on the critically acclaimed compilation album ‘Far, Far from Ypres‘. Black Is the Sun was picked as “the stand out track on the album” by the Scotland on Sunday newspaper.
Leading on from this success Stevie was offered a recording contract with Greentrax Recordings and given the chance to record his first full album of original songs, the result: Heartprint Shadow. At times story driven, at times soothing and heartfelt, each song is tenderly crafted leaving melodies and lyrics that reach deep into the soul.