"Satan Won The War On Christmas", is both the 2020 edition of my annual xmas song, and the very first track from The Shadow Queens project. A new band I've been working on remotely with Alex and Matt from the band Typesetter. Take a listen on the platform of your choosing, let us know what you think:
Now is a good time to tell you I've been working with members of Chicago, IL's Typesetter on some dark folk songs under the moniker Bradley Palermo & The Shadow Queens. My annual "Christmas song" will be our first single. It's called Satan Won The War On Christmas, and it'll be out Nov 27 (Black Friday). With any luck we will have a video out for that one too. Hell yes.
I had a damn good time making these playlists on Spotify, and I'd love to share them with you.
Enjoy AND if if you want to give it a 'follow', it's a free and easy way to help us to continue spreading the music around during the shutdown of live music.
Here's what we've got:
Murder Folk: I love a good murder ballad, and that’s all that’s on this morbid little playlist. I’ve been keeping up with with one for the last decade or so. feat. songs by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, The Violent Femmes, Johnny Cash and more.
Satanic Folk: Quickly becoming a favorite amongst sinners; this is my fastest growing playlist. It’s a collection of beautifully written bluegrass, folk, and country songs involving themes of going to and / or raising Hell!
feat. songs by Amigo The Devil, Bridge City Sinners, Hank 3, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, King Dude, Harley Poe, Colter Wall and more.
Folk As F**k: This playlist originally started as a showcase of the artists I’ve met and shared the stage with on the road. Over time I’ve opened it up to included some of my favorite artists and influences as well. Sure, there's a lot of folk, but a bunch of Alt Country and other sorts of twang in there too.
feat. songs by Bright Eyes, Lydia Loveless, David Dondero, Off With Their Heads, Neutral Milk Hotel, The White Buffalo, Jon Snodgrass, and more.
Rowdy Folk: The sort of stuff you can get sloppy drunk and fall down to. Some seriously underrated gems on this little list.
feat. songs by Truck Bed Boys, Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Drive-by Truckers, Scott H. Biram, Langhorn Slim, Uncle Tupelo and more.
Here's something different for me: I made an ambient record under my Smooth Moon moniker. This may or may not be of any interest to you if you're here for my folk music, but feel free to give it a spin. It's the kind of stuff you can relax to. I made it over the course of the great Covid lockdown of 2020. It's got a lot of nature field recordings from my daily walks layered under spacey synthesizers. Listen on the platform of your choosing.
I'm pleased to say I'll be a part of Bunker Fest this weekend raising funds for Feeding America. My time slot is Sunday April 26 at 2:30 pm PST. Follow the FB event page for more info, including the Twitch link that will drop day of show.
While, like so many others, I'm at home and jobless during this pandemic, how about a big ol $5 sale on all of my t-shirts, and even vinyl? Stay safe out there, and check the Bandcamp page for more info.
I'm beyond stoked for a handful of dates with the one and only David Dondero in late February!
Tickets available now for most of the shows:
2/25 San Pedro, CA @ Recess Ops / Sardine [Tickets]
2/26 Santa Ana, CA @ Beatnik Bandito Music Emporium [Tickets Limited to 30]
2/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs Tavern [Tickets Limited to 80]
2/28 Pine Mountain Club @ R&B Hideaway [FB Event]
My good buddy Sim Williams and I did a cover version of the HWM song, "Driving Home". I'm pretty stoked how it turned out. I played guitar and sang the verses, Sim played steel guitar and sang the choruses.
Listen on the platform of your choice:
This year was pretty wild. I played more shows than ever before. I got to do some insane festivals like Punk Rock Bowling (Vegas) and Fest 18 (Gainesville, FL). We also released my first solo album this year, (Volume 1) on a few formats including pretty teal vinyl, and toured Europe for the first time. Thanks to everyone who's taken a chance on me these past 12 months. It was one for the ages.
My good palls in Blind Mountain Holler (San Diego, CA) and I decided to record some covers of each other's songs. We will soon put them out on a split EP (CD & Digital). It comes out officially in mid December, or you can pick up a copy at one of the release shows: