Michael Palmer is an up and coming country music artist who grew up in rural Winchester, VA. He started playing guitar at age 7. After serving in the army, and almost dying in a car accident, he started following his dream to play country music. He became involved playing free for benefits and charity functions. Soon he was asked to perform in local pubs and bars. His luck changed in 2013, he was asked to headline major festivals and events in the MD-VA-WV panhandle area due to his high energy stage performances. Palmer currently lives in Martinsburg, WV, and is currently working on his originals, we can’t wait to see what comes out. Enjoy the interview below!
Entertwine: What kind of musical background do you have that led you to play country?
MP: I am a big fan of Johnny Cash. I grew up listening to all kinds of music with my older sister during her 90’s rock phase. I learned to appreciate all influences, yet I am drawn to Country as that’s the prevalent genre of what I grew up around. I later sang in church, and learned my voice sounded best in Country music.
Although that’s what I’m drawn to, although live I can sing or play any song I set my mind to. You may hear me singing anything from Simple Man to acoustically jamming the guitar solo in Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail to the King. I also have been told I have a unique style of newgrass and can pick my Yamaha guitar faster than a banjo.
ET: Who are some of your influences when it comes to writing and performing, and why?
MP: My influences writing and singing originals include learning lessons in my life that bought me where I am today. I penned a lot of originals several years back going through a dark time. One of my best songs in particular talks about the ties of family, which is most important to me. I also learned a lot about being a Patriot and what freedom means from serving this country, and learned of POW’s from my Dad, who was in Vietnam. Another song I wrote is about soldiers who don’t come back. I think the best songs you write come from deep down, in the heart.
ET: How has your hometown of Winchester, VA influenced the way you create music
MP: I grew up in a five room shack with no running water and I picked up the guitar at age 7. My daddy taught me to play and music kept me from being lost.
ET: Tell us about some of your live show experiences. What kind of experience were those like?
MP: I really love playing for the audience and giving a performance packed show!
MP: I have a son with Autism, and I feel that children with autism are so misunderstood. I love giving back and play for a lot of autisum events and fundaraisers. I feel God has given me a talent and I hope to give back for the greater good.
ET: If you could describe your music in three words, what would they be?
MP: Energizing, Supercharged, and Soulful
ET: What main message do you try to get across to your listeners?
MP: If I can reach one person and touch them with a song, I’ve done my job.
ET: What is next for you in 2014?
MP: I’m not sure yet, but I know it’s gonna be great!