We had the good fortune of connecting with Luke Palmer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luke, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
In any business you’re going to hit those obstacles. You’re going to fail and make mistakes a lot at the beginning and sometimes even after you’re established. You have to be able to adapt and learn and stay true to who you are otherwise the industry will eat you alive as we’ve seen too often. If the goal that you set before getting into this business isn’t complete, there is still work to be done. My goal is to make people happy. If I can get one person to smile at a show, that’s a good day for me, but until I can show the whole world the light of Jesus Christ shining in me through my music and the way I treat those around me, I’m not giving up any time soon.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There’s two parts to my music. My ministry, Undignified Ministries, which I created along with Jenn Scott, in Seattle, actually. Then there’s my country music. As the youngest of five I pretty much grew up listening to whatever was playing in the house because I had no control over anything really. When you listen to my music you’ll hear me try to emulate a lot of different sounds from a lot of different genres of music including U2, George Strait, little bit of Garth Brooks, but I try to also make it my own a little bit. I like to write from life experiences as much as possible. I wasn’t actually always a country fan.I wasn’t actually always a country fan. well I grew up listening to a lot of country music, my brother and I were raised in the skater culture of the early 2000s. We we’re listening to the sounds of blink-182 and those type of guys. It wasn’t until my brother took my radio and was playing country music on it. So I go in one day to get it back, I turn it on and country music is coming out of it. I started really listening to the words and how the words played with the melody, then I had a thought, “this is what I want to do.” My brother played the guitar. And he was absolutely amazing. You could just hear a song ones and start shredding. You could just hear a song one time and start shredding. Hearing him play every day made me want to learn how to play guitar. I bought my first guitar my junior year of high school with a check that I got for my birthday. The last time I saw my brother before he was murdered, He told me he had something for me. I didn’t know what it was. I come home from school one day, and there’s something wrapped up in a blanket by the front door. I take it inside and unwrap it, it’s one of my brothers guitars. That’s what I knew, he knows that I can do this. So I taught myself guitar. Fast forward a year later, I booked my first gig from an ad that I found on craigslist, oddly enough. Did that for a little bit only to find out that the higher-ups at the restaurant didn’t know we were doing gigs so they shut it down. But I found other places, now I’m playing regularly at the Firetruck Brewing Company here in Tucson, and Coronado Vineyards up in Wilcox. The first few weeks of that first gig we’re pretty tough. Is one of the few times that I played in front of anybody let alone a restaurant full of people. But when I saw the smile on peoples faces when I sang songs that resonated with them, to me that’s all that mattered. I’m just excited for the future. I’ve got big plans and great people surrounding me to help me get there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of the best parts about living in Tucson, it’s a melting pot of different cultures. Being raised in a partially Mexican family, I’m always biased to Mexican food. What are the best Mexican food restaurants in Tucson, would have to be, El Guerro Canelo. I always get the Carne Asada burrito, with some Horchata. Can’t go wrong. If you’re not feeling like Mexican food, there’s a place that’s only in a few spots in Arizona including mostly in Tucson, called Eegees. I don’t even know how to explain it because it’s not a slushy or a snowcone, it’s almost its own thing but it never fails in the hot Tucson day. There’s a lot of good hiking spots also. Sabino Canyon pet always really fun spot for light hiking. There are trails around Pusch Ridge high school. One of my favorite places to go, Mount Lemmon. There’s hiking or if you’re like me and you’re not a big hiker there’s still things to do like the cookie cabin. They have cookies and the size of your face, pretty good pizza too. The general store is really cool because they have really good fudge. We could walk down downtown Tucson. Its pretty lively on the weekends. We could walk down 4th Ave which is downtown. That’s where a lot of the music the street musicians are. I really enjoy walking around the student union at the University of Arizona. there are a lot of little shops and businesses. It’s just a really cool vibe altogether.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, all glory honor and praise is God’s alone. He put me here for a reason and I’m going to be the best reflection of Christ I can be. My parents for always taking me to and from gigs and being the loudest in the audience. My buddy Rayshad, for being someone I can bounce my ideas and thoughts off of and for his emotional sort through it all. My uncle Saul who’s my manager and taught me that in life “you gotta risk it to get the biscuit.” We’ll being playing the Grand Ole Opry soon enough. To Craig, my other manager always there when you need him ready to help with anything. To Kirk Feagin and Tim Loraditch, amazing supporters. Jenn Scott and the Scott family for letting me be their gigantic adopted child event I’m in Seattle and for helping me create Undignified Ministries. The best advice givers. Definitely guys you want in the trenches with you. Lastly, everyone at my church, Casas Church. The place that built me.
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