With a voice like a “warm blanket on a cold winter’s night” (Jericho Folk Club) or a “shady tree on a hot summer’s day” (Scott Cook), Steve Palmer — who plays at the Snoring Sasquatch on Aug. 2 — is equally at home on six-string or 12-string guitar, performing for folk festivals, house concerts and soft seating theatres.
Forty years as a traveling musician is a lot of road, and Palmer is still playing and still touring, grown enough to sing about life and simple pleasures with all the unhurried authority of a quiet and simple folk-singing road-survivor.
Drawing his inspiration from country and folk legends like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Merle Travis and the Carter Family, Palmer presents a joyous blending of original and traditional country, folk, gospel, blues, and ragtime.
“I perform solo, backing myself on six- and 12-string guitar,” he said on his website. “I play a lot of Travis-style guitar and quite a bit of Carter-style, too. I feature some of the music of these country roots legends in my shows. About one third of my show is instrumental.”
Tickets are $15 in advance at Black Bear Books, Buffalo Trails Coffee House and Kingfisher Used Books, and $18 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8.