Fresh out of college with an acting degree in hand, Palka moved from Ohio to California on a solo cross-country bicycle trip. Lacking a cell phone and credit card, he lived on $600 and a guitar to earn food money, while sleeping in homeless shelters, youth hostels, town parks and anywhere he could find to pitch his tent.
Ever since, that fiercely independent and adventurous spirit has guided him across the country, as well as creative mediums. The bicycle adventure became his first novel and soundtrack entitled Moment In The Sun, and the book’s promotional tour was documented in his award winning rockumentary film, VW Bus Tour: Americana Bohemia.
A couple of studio albums followed, one paid for by bartering his 1972 mustang convertible for studio time. It wasn’t long before the next novel in his trilogy demanded attention. Baseball Clubbies arrives with the genera defying soundtrack Stealing Home. Here we trade the road for the raw and private clubhouse world of minor league baseball, where Palka actually lived and worked for 5 years. And nipping at the heels of those baseball cleats comes Palka’s second music film, Saturday Scout Club, loosely based on true events and accompanied by an original soundtrack.
Take a quick look and listen. It won’t take long before you’ll be swept up in Palka’s Do-It-Yourself buzz where you’ll be hatching your own dreams.
"How can you come home if you never leave?"
~ Matt Palka