Whidbey Island singer-songwriter to perform at the Palindrome

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Posted 1/27/22

When he’s not writing a new single on his guitar, singer-songwriter Nathaniel Talbot is busy running his organic vegetable farm and seed company on Whidbey Island.

But Port Townsend …

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Whidbey Island singer-songwriter to perform at the Palindrome

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When he’s not writing a new single on his guitar, singer-songwriter Nathaniel Talbot is busy running his organic vegetable farm and seed company on Whidbey Island.

But Port Townsend residents will soon be able to feast on Talbot’s distinct music style, which is rooted in nature and influenced by Pacific Northwest icons like Elliot Smith, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Bill Frisell.

Talbot will be performing at the Palindrome on South Jacob Miller Road across from Eaglemount Wine and Cider at 7:30 p.m. Friday Jan. 28.

When he’s not inside cultivating songs firmly planted in the earth and American traditionalism, he’s outside cultivating onions on his solar-powered tractor.

“Working in agriculture, while often physically and emotionally tiring, also provides the mental space and quietude for songs to be sown and nourished,” Talbot said.

He was raised in the wooded foothills southeast of Portland, Oregon, where the big fir trees and wide farmscapes of childhood made a life-long impression on Talbot’s songwriting.

“The natural setting imprinted on my sense of self, and populated my brain with the imagery and storylines that would later manifest in my songwriting,” he said.

Talbot learned how to play the piano at age 7, started a punk rock band at 13, and then began steeping himself in the guitar-driven sounds of American folk artists in Cascadia. For the next 15 years, he honed an approach to songwriting and storytelling driven by his complex, yet delicate, finger-style guitar work, which earned him a distinct place in the Northwest folk scene.

The singer-songwriter has earned praise from numerous outlets, from Seattle Weekly to Northern Sky Magazine.

The Palindrome’s capacity is limited to 50 percent to facilitate social distancing. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and a photo ID.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or online at nathaniel.brownpapertickets.com.

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