Natalie Mae Palms

Banjo aficionado. Jazz Fest alum. Neutral Ground regular. Natalie Mae Palms is a unique voice in the New Orleans music scene. In this interview, Natalie Mae speaks on her Michigan roots, the development of her folk and americana sound, and how she came to settle down in the jazz hub that is New Orleans. Known more famously as Natalie Mae and her Unturned Tricks, she talks of her experience starting out as a solo artist at the Neutral Ground to performing with her band years later at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Ms. Palms is a seasoned folk musician who continues working in the New Orleans music scene while also being a private music teacher. As a private music teacher, Natalie Mae continues to be a musical influence by passing down the torch to her students as they themselves get their start at the Neutral Ground Coffee House.

Natalie Mae Palms – Marcus CW/Kelly Gaines from Loyola DOHS on Vimeo


  • Interview Date: November 15, 2015
  • Interviewers: Kelly Gaines and Marcus Chapa Wilson
  • Interview Length: 48:13; Forty-eight minutes and thirteen seconds
  • Interview Location: Uptown, New Orleans

Link to Full Transcript (PDF Format) Dropbox

Citation (Chicago Manual of Style):

Natalie Mae Palms, interviewed by Kelly Gaines and Marcus Chapa Wilson, The Neutral Ground Collection, Documentary and Oral History Studio, Loyola University New Orleans, Nov. 15, 2015.

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