Friday, December 7, 2007

The Last Frontier

In the spring of this year, guitarist Eric Howk of Seattle band the Lashes took a tragic fall that left him partially paralyzed and in a wheel chair. Last night marked his triumphant return to the stage with his side project Palmer, AK-- a creative outlet he's been consistently working on throughout his recovery. Backed up by four fellow musicians, all seated as well, his solo material was beautifully executed, full of melodic hooks and harmonies over solid walls of rhythmic acoustic guitar. It was a heartening, soul warming experience to see the songs brought to life with such expertise, grace and enthusiasm. Here's to hearing much more from Palmer, Alaska of Seattle, Washington.

Give a listen to "Same Rain/Noelly" over here.

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