Open Road – carefully crafted, acoustic, Americana folk.
In a nutshell, Open Road presents carefully crafted, acoustic, Americana folk music by Lucia Comnes & John Palmer, a singer-songwriter duo composed of fiddle, viola, fingerstyle guitar, and harmony vocals, on original songs and unexpected covers.
From ragtime to rockabilly to R&B, Open Road, composed of veteran singer-songwriters Lucia Comnes and John Palmer, serves up original songs and carefully crafted acoustic covers. Characterized by close male-female vocal harmonies, melodic guitar, and soulful fiddle and viola accompaniment, their first album ‘Skylark’ debuted at #3 on the Folk Alliance national chart in May.
Open Road, a duo featuring veteran songwriters Lucia Comnes and John Palmer, serves up original songs and reimagined acoustic covers as authentic Americana, from ragtime to rockabilly with a dash of R&B. Characterized by close male-female vocal harmonies, melodic guitar, and soulful and dynamic fiddle and viola accompaniment, their first album ‘Skylark’ topped acoustic and folk radio charts in the US this spring, debuting at #3 on the Folk Alliance national chart for May. Lucia has played with Joan Baez, Jefferson Hamer, Paul Brady, and KITKA, and John has done session work with Fantasy Records in Berkeley, and played guitar and bass in a number of SF Bay Area rock and string bands. Founded by John in February, 2022, Open Road has since toured Northern California, Nashville, Italy, and Ireland, playing more than 35 concerts in its first year. Their ‘Skylark’ album is named after their first single, which is the first song they wrote together after meeting under the mentorship of Rodney Crowell in Nashville. During another visit to Nashville, they played ‘Skylark’ for Emmylou Harris who called the song ‘sweet and lovely.’ Open Road released a second album in 2023, an EP entitled ‘Nashville Sessions’, a collection of original songs backed by some of Nashville’s top session players. Both albums are available on all major streaming services. Lucia and John are storytellers who share a passion for songwriting, and enjoy interpreting songs by favorite writers including Rodney Crowell, Larry Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Townes Van Zandt, and Tom Petty.
In their own words:
“The strength of our duo is in our writing, our vocal blend and our ability to adapt songs we curate by more well-known artists and put our own stamp on them. The most common compliment we get is that our voices sound really good together, and we take pride in our harmonies. Together we have written hundreds of songs, and can deliver a show that’s varied in tempo, dynamics, instrumental color, and mood. We can tailor a set for a variety of venues, from our deep well of original material and selected covers.”
– John Palmer & Lucia Comnes, July 2023
“A somewhat under the radar release, Skylark deserves to find its way out into the daylight”
Artist Manager & Radio Promoter