I ‘m shocked and a little depressed to see that Caleb Palmiter died over the summer.
Caleb Palmiter has been in a “who’s who” of seminal Twin Cities bands-that-made-it-regionally-big-but-never-broke-out; a founder of the Jayhawks, Bash & Pop, as well as stints in the Mighty Mofos and the Magnolias.
I remember him best for a couple of bands well before that; The Law and A Single Love, both of which heavily featured his quirky, claw-hammer finger-style guitar style that was too articulate to be Doc Watson but was simpler and less ornate than the obvious comparisons, Richard Thompson and Mark Knopfler. Whatever you want to call it – I’d catch every gig I could, entranced by his mesmerising guitar style.
Here’s a sample: he was always this good:
He died of heart failure, says the Strib. Decades of booze and drugs. Same old same old.
And now I feel a lot older.