Palmer/Sherwood release first album, party Friday

NORWICH – Mark Sherwood doesn’t make all the songs fellow guitarist Ron Palmer plays; he makes all the songs Ron Palmer plays better – and vice versa, the duo say.

That’s the theme behind the two local musicians’ first collaborative acoustic album, “Launch,” a robust 12-track CD that moves fast even when its going slow.

“There’s a lot of diversity throughout this album,” Palmer said. “He (Sherwood) and I have different guitar influences. It’s just a combination of those diverse influences that seems to make it click.”

“Launch” will have its first official take-off at 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, during a CD release party at The Bohemian Moon on East Main Street in Norwich.

Sherwood said the album – which is almost entirely instrumental with the exception of three songs – is the product of regular weekly jam sessions since 2004 that didn’t have a clear direction or purpose. He said their differing styles – Palmer with the more traditional acoustic sound compared to Sherwood’s modern, punchier approach – complimented and compensated each other’s abilities throughout the process.

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