Pick Me Up

I’m pleased to announce the release of my 9th studio album, “Pick Me Up.” This full-length album will be making its way into the world on August 25, 2018 at the Hideaway Folk Festival in Rising Sun, Maryland.

Album Art: Hannah Kelleher

Recording Engineer: Jonathan Elfers

Mastering Engineer: Patrick Mulrooney






Circuis Dog

Captain Dan

Give me all your money

Time Travel Politics

For Juniper

Moving Forward

Jenny Wren



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This entry was posted on July 30, 2018.

Tour in Central America

I am so honored to be on tour in Mexico & Central America. In these current political times of negativity, I am doing what I can to share some positivity with our international neighbors. Here is a short video explaining the tour a little bit. I am so glad to be hitting the road with my good friends, Tyler Yoder and Evan Stout.

If you have any info or connections in any countries between Pennsylvania and Panama, please contact me! I’ll be doing my best to share tour and concert information on all the main social media outlets – just look for @shanepalkomusic

This entry was posted on December 29, 2017.

Hideaway Folk Festival

The third annual Hideaway Folk Festival is here! August 26 will be an awesome day of music on 2 stages, food, friends and celebration at Brewer’s Hideaway Farm! Read below for details, and a list of performers.
We are asking that people pay $10 per adult and $5 per child (12&under). This helps us pay musicians who are traveling 10+ hours to be here, it pays for event insurance, and it pays for your food! (If you love musicommunity, please feel free to dotate more.) When you make your donation upon arrival, you will get a voucher for a free meal.
Zatara’s Tavola will be providing food. Every paying guest will get a free meal, consisting of a farm-fresh garden salad (gown on location) and either a locally raised all-beef wiener, or a grilled portabella sandwich. If you want more than one helping, you can purchase as much as you want after using the free meal voucher. Also, feel free to bring your own food. Nom.
If you are 21+ please feel free to BYOB and enjoy responsibly. There will be free water in big jugs, but again, BYOB (this time, meaning “bring your own bottle.”)
It is so kind of the Brewer’s Hideaway Farm to host such a shindig. Please show respect by not wandering off into the active farm fields or into the barns. Please remember that this event is BYOB & drug free–be responsible and respectful of the Brewers’ beautiful farm.
After the scheduled music wraps up on both stages, we will have a fire. If you, your mom or your dog has an acoustic instrument, feel free to bring it and jam around the pit. If we are lucky, a few people will fall in the pond and pretend they were trying to swim.
You can camp for free. The place is beautiful, so why not? If you plan to sleep over, please sign in to the camping sheet when you arrive, providing your name and cell phone number. Roosters may wake you up, and we may ask for help cleaning up in the morning, but it’ll be a blast. Feel free to hang till noon on Sunday.
The musicians and artists will have various items for sale. Please consider buying something to support them. Don’t let the internet starve the creative people you love.
Local and regional musicians will be performing all evening on 2 stages!
Shane Palko! 
Sin City Band
Hayley Sabella
The Honey Badgers
Milieu Lust
Sarah Koon
The Walks (Rachel & Nathan Walker)
Em McKeever & Matthew Halley
Brittany Ann Tranbaugh
Andy McLeod
Please feel free to contact Shane with any questions you may have. See you there.
This entry was posted on August 10, 2017.

Returning From Tour

I have just spent the past two and a half months taking my new album, “Seventh Story” around the world. I played a bunch of concerts across four continents. The travel time provided opportunities to watch, write and reflect. I got to thinking about some of the stuff that Has Happened in my shortlong time on this planet:

I was invited to sing my original songs for the king of Busoga.
One time someone bought me a taco with money they made by selling their own body.
I had hypothermia in the Himalayas.
Before I stayed awake for three days in a row.
I boogie boarded down some snazzy rapids in the Nile.
I have swum under the ice of a thickly frozen lake.
I have driven eleven hours to play a concert for 17 people.
I’ve feasted with friends on food we found in dumpsters.
I’ve had my truck and tractor stolen from me, and my dog is dead (my life IS a country song).
I’ve played official concerts in 1/8 of the countries in the world (more than 20).

I understand that the experiences we make make us as humans. I’ve been honored to share some amazing human moments with people all over the place, and I’ve been totally alone other times. I’m glad to have the guitar and the pen to help document some of these experiences, and stitch together the globe’s positive human fabric a little bit. I am a lover of the natural world, and I’m about to board my 16th flight of the past two and a half months. My carbon footprint contradicts my beliefs. Someday, I hope to somehow make that up. And if this metal bird should fall from the sky and you never hear from me again, find peace in knowing that I lived more than enough. I guess I was dead before I was alive, and I’m not too worried about it happening again.
I don’t have plans anymore, just hopes attached to calendars. I will hope to play a welcome home show at Argilla’s Brewery in Delaware on Monday March 7 at 9PM. I intend to run an environmental program on the Chesapeake Bay from March till November. I’ll be playing heaps of East Coast US shows as well. I am ready to record my 8th studio album, “Pick Me Up” this summer, and later take it on a tour throughout South and Central America. I want to keep listening, watching, learning, and trying to spread awareness and positivity wherever my big carbon footprint lands me and my big feet.

This entry was posted on March 4, 2017.


“Conclusions” is the closing track on my new album, Seventh Story. For a long time now, this song has been a big part of the musical gatherings that we hold at our abode in Delaware, USA. The verses and melodies have aged along with us.

For the music video, I wanted to make a time-capsule to capture the essence of Madison life, while still highlighting the mysterious beauty of illusion. The video captures home at a time, and I am thankful to everyone that made it possible. You can watch it below, and click through to Youtube for a more extensive list of credits.

This entry was posted on December 30, 2016.

Seventh Story

I’m excited to announce that my seventh album, “Seventh Story” will be released internationally on october 22 at World Cafe Live at the Queen!


The cover art is by Hannah Kelleher. Every story contains some symbolism from the past albums.

This entry was posted on September 24, 2016.

Seventh Story: Sneak Peak

Happy 7/7! As you may know, I have been feverishly working on my new album, “Seventh Story.” It will be released internationally in Fall 2016. To celebrate the theme of sevens, starting today on 7/7, I’ll be showing a sneak peak of a song and sharing stories from recording and writing this album.


Without further ado, here is the first song, “Big, Big Joke.”

More info and credits will follow, but right now, I’m off to the woods to celebrate. I’ll be hitting the road again, touring internationally with my good friend, Evan Stout for the next seven weeks.

This entry was posted on July 7, 2016.

The Final Frontier: The Internet


My old website got hacked. Just like that, my blog, photos, songs and chronicles of that past five years disappeared. This digital murder was so sudden. I looked out my window, took a breath and checked my pulse. I seem to still be displaying strong vital signs. I should be sad about my digital death, but instead I am choosing to focus on this as a new beginning.


This entry was posted on October 9, 2015.