As the singer-songwriter genre continues to stumble down the path of homogeneity, Brent Palmer is a rare exception. What makes the casual listener, music enthusiast, even D'Arcy from Smashing Pumpkins appreciate Palmer's fresh approach? The answer is as complex and eclectic as the person himself. Brent credits a handful of contemporary songsmiths as influences, but the family tree traces back to masters like Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. Palmer says, "I grew up listening to my parents' LPs and saying 'itâ€™s not music unless it has a melody.