Rissi Palmer and Kelly McCartney introduce the Color Me Country Artist Fund 




Singer-songwriter and Color Me Country radio host, Rissi Palmer, has announced her partnership with Kelly McCartney and the Rainey Day Fund to create the Color Me Country Artist Fund to provide financial support to underrepresented voices of BIPOC artists in country music. The Rainey Day Fund was created by McCartney to assist BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and disabled artists, as well as others who add to the rich fabric of roots music. With a similar mission, Palmer recognized a real problem in the country music industry. As a result, Color Me Country was born to bring Black, Indigenous, and Latinx histories of country music to the forefront that for too long have lived outside the spotlight and off mainstream airwaves. 

"As an artist, I've experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. I know what it's like to have to choose between eating and paying rent, to work a 9-to-5, then pull an all-nighter in the studio to get closer to the dream of being a self-sustaining musician," says Palmer. "Any success I have achieved has been because of the kindness of others and their belief in me, and I want to pay it forward. The Color Me Country Artist Fund will be an extension of the work I do with my radio show to further the careers of artists of color in the country music space," Palmer continues. "I don't want anyone's dreams deferred because of financial hardships. 100% of the funds will go to artists in need. I thank Kelly McCartney and the Rainey Day Fund for planting the seed." 

Palmer launched her Color Me Country radio show in August of this year. Some of her guests have included Miko Marks, Crystal Shawanda, Kamara Thomas, The War & Treaty, Mickey Guyton and Darius Rucker. The show airs every other Sunday on Apple Music Country at 8pET. 

McCartney, who also hosts Southern Craft Radio on Apple Music, is a long-standing advocate for the BIPOC music community and a clear supporter of Color Me Country from its conception. She created the Rainey Day Fund in 2018 and set out on a mission to support marginalized artists. 

"Between our seed funding and a recent donation from Brandi Carlile's Looking Out Foundation, we have gifted grants to Yola, Birds of Chicago, Tré Burt, Joy Oladokun, Brittney Spencer, Jontavious Willis, and others, while also creating an Indigenous Music Scholarship with Folk Alliance International," McCartney says of the Rainey Day Fund. "Seeing the work that Rissi was doing in the country music space, it just made sense to create a specific Color Me Country program to support the artists on those fringes, as well. Together, we're being the change we wish to see in the music world." 

To donate to Color Me Country Artist Fund, click HERE.  Check out the wonderful pieces done about the fund at TheBoot.com and CountryInsider.com

Essence highlights Rissi's conversation with Mickey Guyton on Color Me Country Radio 

To have Essence, a magazine devoted to telling the stories and acknowledging the beauty of black women, cover this conversation between Mickey Guyton and I for Color Me Country Radio means more than I can express with words. Check out the piece HERE and listen to the convo between Mickey and I HERE

Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer welcomes Darius Rucker!!! 

I am so excited to announce my guest for this week's episode of Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer ... Darius Rucker!!! You can read more about our conversation exclusively in People Magazine today HERE and hear our conversation this Sunday, November 8 at 7pm est on Apple Music. You can listen HERE

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Previous events


Live from the Studio w/ Rissi Palmer

1812 Billabong Ln. , Chapel Hill, NC

Rissi Palmer's gift lies in reaching across boundaries. One of our most compelling singers, she is at home in R&B but made her mark in country, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.” Rissi can now be heard bi-weekly on Sunday afternoons on her Apple Music Country radio show, Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer. On the show, the singer-songwriter brings to the forefront the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx histories of country music that for too long have lived outside the spotlight and off mainstream airwaves. Listen in as Rissi has riveting, funny, and necessary conversations with country music's most vital and underrepresented voices. You will not want to miss her here at The Studio! Bring your own chair and wear a mask. Park on the street. $20 suggested donation


Swallow Hill Live Performances presents Rissi Palmer

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Swallow Hill Music in Denver, CO is a 41 year old non-profit music school and concert venue/promoter whose mission is bringing people together through music. We have had a focus on roots/folk/blues/acoustic/Americana etc. since we grew out of the Denver Folklore Center in 1979. On top of our three music school locations and our concert venues, our main focus is our outreach program that places music teachers in underserved schools throughout the Denver metro area. All donations made during the performance will be split between the artist and Swallow Hill to further their work.


Pinecone Online Workshops: Music Business 101 with Rissi Palmer: All the Bad Decisions I Made So You Don't Have To!


Rissi Palmer will discuss her personal journey in the music business, how she got a publishing deal, a record deal and ultimately went independent. She will talk through other aspects of her career including her Color Me Country (https://colormecountry.com/) radio show and basic songwriting. Q&A is strongly encouraged! We hope you will make plans for this unique one on one experience with Rissi Palmer! Rissi Palmer's gift lies in reaching across boundaries. One of our most compelling singers, she is at home in R&B but made her mark in country, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.” Her new album, "Revival," is her most powerful work to date. The product of a mature artistic vision, laser-focused social consciousness, and a voice with the power and grace only experience can bring, it is also her most important work. "Revival" finds Rissi dealing with some of the most pressing issues of the times, as well as with the personal realms of love, loss, and identity. “It’s one of the most personal things I’ve written and recorded,” she says. “Everything I write is personal, but I feel like I’m in a place of being really honest and transparent with people, because that’s what I like in an artist. That’s what I look for; those are the people I’m interested in, and I want to do that same thing for others.” Suggested donation: $10. An e-mail containing the link to access this online program will be sent to all registrants on the day of the program.

Suggested Donation of $10

Djam for Djolu


Join Congo Education Partners and an amazing group of performers for a night of fun and eclectic music. Be a part of the wave for positive change - improving people’s lives while helping to save one of the world’s most important rainforests!

Our amazing lineup of musicians include: Violet Bell, Rissi Palmer, Nantahala, Mike Edwards, Serena Wiley, and Grand Shores!

The concert is free, but if you sign up for a "seat" (clicking the ticket link below) we'll send you updates and all the information you need to sign on to the event on November 15th.

It is a fundraiser to benefit Djolu Technical College, located in a remote region of the Congo rainforest. Djolu graduates become leaders and active rainforest stewards.

Join us in an amazing night of music! Find out more about Congo Education Partners, Djolu Technical College, and donate to help save the Congo Rainforest!

To find out more, click on the "tickets" link.

You can watch the livestream directly on our Facebook or Youtube on November 15th. You can find these links on our Djam for Djolu landing page (via the tickets link). Sign up so we know you'll be there and we can send you updates and reminders.

We look forward to seeing you there!

NC State Live @The Lot Drive-in Concert presents Rissi Palmer

Spring Hill Park and Ride Lot, 698 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

NC State LIVE and Visit Centennial have become known for their vibrant LIVE@Lake Raleigh sunset concerts featuring some of North Carolina’s hottest musicians. We’ve kept the sunset and the musicians, but found a new location to keep everyone safe!

Join us for a drive-in concert experience on Centennial Campus, overlooking Raleigh’s picturesque autumn trees and city skyline. There will be selection of the Triangle’s best food trucks on the Lot open for digital ordering. Food trucks will make deliveries directly to your car while the sweet sounds of Rissi Palmer’s live concert are broadcast to your car’s radio.

This event is at capacity

You have to sign up for the waitlist for a space

Banjo Boy Coffee Concert: Rissi Palmer


I am excited to be a part of the next Whippoorwill Arts presents Banjo Boy Coffee Concerts on Friday, October 16 at 6pm pt/9pm et on their FB page (Facebook.com/whippoowillarts.com/live) I'll be playing songs & telling stories, it'll be fun!!! Hope to see you there!

Country Soul Songbook Summit

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This is what your Mama’s Country music looks like.

We know in our bones that the music and culture we have come to know as Country, Soul, and Americana, are truly for EVERYONE. We’re coming together to celebrate what we know they can be: equitable, integrated, truth-telling, and future-minded.

The Country Soul Songbook Summit is a four-day music festival and conference--BY ARTISTS, FOR EVERYONE--broadcasting out to a front porch near you, from right here on the CSSB website. Register now and tune in October 15th - 18th!

Our mission is to spotlight marginalized voices in Country & Americana music, and to position artists as instigators of transformation in the spaces and hierarchies that have historically worked against their best interests.

Brought to you by a colorful array of creatives and cultural activists, The 2020 CSSB Summit is a call for gathering and engaging in vital conversations and accountability practices within our community and the music industry at-large. Summit happenings include performances, curated conversations, interactive workshops, and joyful re-imaginings of the Country-Americana canon.

All humans, extraterrestrials and sentient beings who share our love for Country & Americana music-- how it’s inspired and created, who it’s for, where it's going, and how our communities can be more equitable and inclusive, are invited to attend. Grab your ticket by donating to CSSB-- and while you’re at it, grab some of our fantastic merchandise! All profits go directly to participating artists and sustaining the CSSB project.

Registration is on a sliding scale


Deep Fried Swamp Meet Hootenanny

Tess' Place, 3226 PICKETT RD. , Durham, NC 27705

If you are ready for some in-person fun, join Tess in the big backyard of Tess’ 1935 farmhouse for fried chicken, deep fried mac & cheese, homemade coconut cake and more artery-clogging nibbles to enjoy with two glasses of craft beer or wine. To us, a hootenanny is where folk music can mean country, soul or hip hop, so get ready for special musical guests Rissi Palmer (Apple Music’s Color Me Country), Tamisha Waden (The Foreign Exchange) and Keenan Jenkins (XOXOK). Throw in a swap meet and everyone goes home with unforgettable memories and a new treasure. Each ticket holder should bring 1-2 sanitized personal items to swap and the story that goes with them. A zero waste event. Hosts: Tess Mangum & Bryce Northington 5:30 -8:00 pm Guests: 20 $45 Dress: Casual This is event is part of the Parties for the Park fundraisers for Durham Central Park. Durham Central Park is a 5-acre city park that is managed, programmed and developed by Durham Central Park, Inc. (DCP, Inc.) a 501c3 non-profit organization. DCP, Inc. receives no direct funding from the City of Durham, all of the funds raised to operate the park come from donations, grants, sponsorships and fundraisers like these. For more information about Parties for the Park, please check out durhamcentralpark.org/faqs/parties-for-the-park

$45 / Only 20 tickets being sold total

IBMA Shout & Shine Online showcase


For five years now, the team behind Shout & Shine has used their voices, resources, and positivity to lift up and celebrate diversity in bluegrass and roots music; giving a platform to those who’ve been overlooked and illuminating the paths of those starting out on uphill journeys. This year, the event’s 5th iteration follows suit—albeit in a format more suitable for a worldwide pandemic—with an all-online showcase on October 3rd as part of IBMA’s Virtual World of Bluegrass. At 2 pm ET (and a repeat viewing at 3:30 pm ET) Shout & Shine Online will feature artists from across the genre map of roots music, from Rissi Palmer, host of Apple Music Country's brand new radio show, 'Color Me Country,' to IBMA Momentum Award winning banjoist Tray Wellington, as well as punk-influenced fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter Sunny War, down home blues and old-time musician Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, The Voice alumnus and guitar picker Stephanie Ann Johnson, and veterans Kaïa Kater and Amythyst Kiah, who make their first return to Shout & Shine since their appearances on its debut lineup in 2016. Shout & Shine’s lineup is curated by performing musician and Decolonizing the Music Room founder and Executive Director, Brandi Waller-Pace.

Kukuza Fest: WEE Nation Radio Children's Music Festival


Mark your calendars for Kukuza Fest! Presenting an awesome lineup of Black and Black-led Family Music artists. . Racial equity work is important to me. Racial inequity cuts across all segments of our society, including kids’ music. #KukuzaFest is a virtual music fest that will amplify Black voices in Family Music. . Sept 19 & 20, 3-5 pm ET / noon-2 pm PT - Broadcast from the WEENationRadio Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WEENationRadio/). . You’ll see a lineup of awesome Black and Black-led Family Music artists, including Uncle Jumbo, Rissi Palmer, Alphabetrockers, Aaron Nigel Smith, shine.moonbeams @fathergooseent @siamamusic @danzanes @claudiaeliazazanes @singinghousehunter @saulpaul @muziwananjero @jabaliafrika #ReggieHarrisMusic & MORE emceed by @piercefreelon and @markettesheppard . Art by @tequitia_andrews .

kidsmusic #blackvoices #familymusic #musicfest #blackkidsmatter #blackvoicesmatter #familyfun #weekendplans #kidthingstodo

childrensmusic#kindiemusic #kindiemusic #newmusic #savethedate #familyday #kidsmusicfest

Fair Fight Fest

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SEPT 19th & 20th

Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot.

The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn't reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard.

We're hoping to get musicians together to raise some money for Fair Fight who promote fair elections around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights.

Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and images in the other voter education programs and communications.

Hopefully we can make a difference!


NC Folk Festival presents Rissi Palmer


The North Carolina Folk Festival is proud to announce our 2020 Virtual Concert Series is coming to a monitor near you September 11th through 13th! Join us via television broadcast, the internet, or good old fashioned radio for three days of our socially distanced celebration of North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage through music, dance, crafts, and more!

While the continued threat COVID-19 poses to public health here in North Carolina prevents us from being able to hold our in-person event safely, now more than ever we are in need of the space the festival provides to connect with one another, reaffirm the value of people of color in our community, and remind us of traditions that have gotten us through hard times before. Whether you are a long time festival goer or new comer looking for a way to pass the time at home, the North Carolina Folk Festival’s 2020 Virtual Concert Series has a bit of hurting, healing, and hope to offer everyone in this moment.

Duke Performances presents Music in Your Garden: Rissi Palmer

My garden to your house, via the internet

We’re proud to present Rissi Palmer as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area home. The series shifts Duke Performances’ longtime summer series, Music in the Gardens, normally held outdoors at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Duke’s campus, to an online format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On August 19 at 7 PM ET, we’ll premiere a new, specially recorded performance by Rissi online, free of charge, on our website and on our YouTube page. The film, pre-recorded in a socially-distanced manner, will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat with Rissi, who will answer questions from viewers.


In 2007, Rissi Palmer released her debut single, “Country Girl,” and became the first Black woman to chart a country song since 1987. Ever since, Palmer has woven notes of R&B, gospel, and country into a sound she calls “Southern Soul.” Soulful it is: her latest album, Revival, released in 2019, revels in blackness, protest, and heritage, like a twangy Aretha Franklin. Listening to Revival is a lot like marching in a rally: sometimes you’ll hear chants, a burst of choral response, and sometimes you’ll slow down, sit alone in a band of sunlight. Palmer, sometimes defiant, sometimes vulnerable, moves between the political and the personal with ease. (She has, after all, played at both the White House and small stage coffeehouses.) From her home in Durham, Palmer delivers anthems for the national moment.

Duke Performances presents Music in Your Gardens in collaboration with Duke Arts, WXDU, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Continuing Studies, and Duke Summer Session. Hospitality partners include The Palace International and Locopops.


Rissi Palmer at Chatt Hills Music

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Serenbe Pavilion (this is an outdoor venue) , 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chatt Hills, GA 30268

We have figured out a way to bring live music back to our community! We are excited to see everyone again, however there are a few changes to keep everyone safe.

Masks will be required to attend Social distancing will be required Seating and tickets will be limited and available on a first come, first served bases.


Call for Change: Band Together Against Racism

Tune in on Wednesday, August 12 at 7pm est to WRAL and Facebook Live to see Call for Change: Band Together Against Racism, with performances from some of NC’s favorite musicians. Profits from this event will be invested directly in community leaders of color and nonprofits with systemic approaches to promoting equity in housing, food, health, workforce, or education. More info: bandtogethernc.org/cfc

Country Standard Time presents Black Music Matters Festival


After joining in the outrage and heartbreak of people across the United States in the wake of George Floyd's killing and broader racial injustices, we needed to do something. As is too common across art forms, Black country and Americana artists are sorely underrepresented in festivals and media coverage. This is an opportunity to highlight the many outstanding Black acts and artists in the genres.

These artists have music with a message appropriate for these times. Let their voices be heard.


Daniel Houze Ben Hunter Hubby Jenkins Miko Marks Rissi Palmer Kamara Thomas Aaron Vance Barrence Whitfield The concerts will be broadcast on the Country Standard Time Facebook page.

Festival goers can donate to the Equal Justice Initiative, the Bryan Stevenson social justice group featured in the book and movie "Just Mercy." EJI is based in Montgomery, Ala. and "is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society."

Walltown Children's Theatre Virtual Summer Camp: Best Day Ever Singalong w/ Rissi Palmer (for ages 4-7pm)

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Spend 30 minutes laughing, pretending, and singing along with Rissi Palmer and her children’s album, Best Day Ever. Have you ever wanted to be a tree? Or travel to space? Or maybe you just want to imagine what your best day looks like? You can do all that and more without leaving the comfort of your home. Rissi will teach your child the song, while also sharing stories, and having interactive chats.

$10 a session

Walltown Children's Theatre Virtual Summer Camp: Best Day Ever Singalong w/ Rissi Palmer (for ages 4-7pm)

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Spend 30 minutes laughing, pretending, and singing along with Rissi Palmer and her children’s album, Best Day Ever. Have you ever wanted to be a tree? Or travel to space? Or maybe you just want to imagine what your best day looks like? You can do all that and more without leaving the comfort of your home. Rissi will teach your child the song, while also sharing stories, and having interactive chats.

$10 a session