Recorded in Edmonton Alberta in the winter of 2003 at Youtopia Studio with engineer Matthew Dobrski. Mixed at Homestead Sound with engineer Barry Allen.
Pedal Steel Guitar - Smokey Fennel
Bass - Ron Lukawitski
Drums - Tom Lowery, Ken Chalmers
Guitar & Vocals - Stephen Palmer
Harmony Vocal - Deb Rault
Aldora Britain Records In Review (Part 2 Issue 53/May 2021) )
From Here to Nashville by Steven Palmer
For fans of country, folk, and roots. Early solo offering from Canadiana artist STEVEN PALMER (Stephen Hardy Palmer) which taps into the musical spirit of Nashville.
A retelling of Johnny Cash’s classic ‘Get Rhythm’ opens proceedings. Reviving the driving shuffle of the original, Palmer and band deliver a blistering rendition of this country staple.
‘A Brief Diesel Intro’ acts as a tempting prelude to one of Palmer’s most popular songs ‘Ride on Mother Trucker’. A song that has become an anthem for the cross-country truckers in Palmer’s locality. A brilliantly catchy and irresistible country rock offering.
‘From Here to Nashville’ provides a tender country folk kick and ‘Rolling Down to Memphis’ adds a bluesy twang to a driving county number.
‘Big Big Love’ brings in the classic Nashville sound and Palmer includes another Cash track with another glorious retelling. This time it is ‘Ballad of A Teenage Queen’.
This opening side of From Here to Nashville showcases the brilliance of Palmer’s performance both through originals and classic favourites.
‘Drifting’ and ‘How Come I Love Ya?’ follow, providing further exploration of Palmer’s honest and straight-to-the-point rootsy approach. These songs are relatable escapades, especially the latter which provides another highlight on a fine album.
‘Call It Love?’ is a hand-clap campfire song, ‘One More Day’ is a pleasant outlaw shuffle and ‘You Don’t Have Far To Go ’ is 80s country balladry done to perfection.
From Here to Nashville winds down with a quintessential saloon couplet of ‘Panhandle Rag’, get-up-and-go, and ‘It’s Hotel Motel Time’, kindhearted lamentation.
The album gives listeners a fantastic glimpse into Steven Palmer’s early solo wanderings.
All the way to Nashville and back again! - (Tom Hilton)