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Color Me Country Radio with Rissi Palmer launches on Apple Music Country 

Y'all...I have been DYING to tell you but was sworn to secrecy. I am proud to announce that my show, Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer, will now be heard on the Apple Music Country platform on Apple Music!!! The show will air live on Sundays bi-weekly from 7-9pm EST (yes, it's 2 hours!!!). The mission is still the same: to amplify the underrepresented voices of artists of color in the Country and Americana genres and will be comprised of interviews and music from individual artists, scholars, and personalities, though this first season will focus specifically on women of color.  It will be available for the EVERYONE to hear for free on the live airdate. After an episode's original airdate, it will be available for Apple Music subscribers only on demand. There will also be a playlist with all my guests' music that can be streamed. 

A HUGE thank you to Kelly McCartney and my Apple Music team: Michael Bryan, Emily Parker, Amara Hall, Nathan Tempro, & Brian Hilton. 

The first episode premieres on Sunday, August 30 at 7pm est.!!! Meanwhile, visit the show's homepage HERE

The Digital Fix and Rissi Palmer discuss the making of Revival 

"I’ve just learned to stay focused on my mission and my passion. Anything that takes away from that is a distraction. I know who I am and what I bring to the table."

A HUGE thank you to Max and The Digital Fix for this great interview. We discuss the origins of Revival as well as my recording process, and so much more. You can check out the interview HERE

Duke Performances presents Music in Your Garden 

 

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 Wednesday, 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. 

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 & Mickey Guyton speak with Zora Magazine about Black Women in Country Music 

A HUGE thank you to Andrea Williams, Mickey Guyton, and Zora Magazine for speaking with me about my past experiences in Country Music.

"... I just want people to know that we, as Black people, have a stake in country music. Black people have been here since the beginning; just do your research." - Rissi Palmer

You can read the article HERE.  

Rissi Palmer sings "Islands in the Stream" for a Caleb Martin Presents Take Over Worldwide Song Collaboration 

 

In all this crazy, the one thing that has kept me centered is music. I had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing musicians from all over the world for this fun arrangement of the classic "Islands in the Stream". A HUGE thanks to Caleb Martin for including me on this fun project.

 

CALEB MARTIN PRESENTS TAKE COVER: Worldwide song collabs from the safety of home

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM by Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, and Maurice Gibb

Produced and arranged by Caleb Martin Vocals by Rissi Palmer and Dave Bernal

Guitar and mix by Jason Berk

BG vocals by Hannah Abrahim and Jason Berk

Trumpets: Joe Lu Xiaolin (China Philharmonic Orchestra), Enrique Sanchez (Aloe Blacc, Jonas Brothers, Meghan Trainor)

Piano: Michael Sobie (Game of Thrones orchestral tour, Marriage Story, Wicked)

Bass: Morris Pleasure (Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire)

Drums: Eric Kalver (Upright Citizens Brigade)

Rissi Palmer performs online for the Shut In and Sing Online Festival 

On Wednesday, March 25, I will be playing a 30 min set at 4pm eastern from my home on Stageit as part of the Shut in and Sing festival. Artists Megan McCormick, John Smith, and, Robert Randolph & the Family Band are also playing the same day. You have to reserve a ticket to see the show, live from your computer. There are a limited number of tickets so click HERE to reserve yours. This is a pay what you can show. See you next week!!!

Watch Country Soul Songbook Vol. 2 on Live Stream on Sunday, March 15!!! 

DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, THE MARCH 15TH EDITION OF COUNTRY SOUL IS NOW A LIVE-STREAM ONLY EVENT! You can find the livestream feed at: countrysoulsongbook.com (I will also have the show on Facebook live on my artist page HERE). 

Featuring the talents of Kamara Thomas, Kym Register of LoamlandsPhil Cook, Libby Rodenbough of Mipso, and myself, and our slamtastic band... WE PLAN TO ABSOLUTELY BRING IT!! The concert (as well as other fun stuff) will take place LIVE from 2 - 6PM eastern time on Sunday, March 15th. Go to countrysoulsongbook.com for more details...

Check out the premiere of the video for "You Were Here"... 

"You Were Here (Sage's Song)", from my new album Revival, was written during the lowest of lows for a child I would never get to hold. The stats are that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and yet there is so much silent pain associated with them. I dedicate this to anyone who has experienced a loss of any kind, or this particuar type of loss... you are not alone. Thank you to Julienne Alexander aka YSSRS for the beautiful animation. 

The new play, Orange Light, features the music of Rissi Palmer 

ORANGE LIGHT, written by Howard L. Craft and directed by Joseph Megel, is inspired by the 1991 Imperial Foods Plant fire in Hamlet, NC. This play, with music by Rissi Palmer and movement, tells the story of one North Carolina factory town trying to heal after tragedy strikes. 
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Featuring: Aurelia Belfield, Lakeisha Coffey, Elisabeth Lewis Corley, Marcia Edmundson, Carly P. Jones, Kri Schafer, Abbey Toot

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Howard, Carly, Lakeisha, and I appeared on The State of Things on NPR to discuss the show, check out our interview HERE.

Rissi sings from the Country Soul Songbook 

 

Country Soul Songbook is a high-energy community celebration that spotlights alternative voices in country-soul-Americana music-- a quarterly, seasonal, Durham-centric concert series (and Potluck!) featuring local musicians, AND an online episodic documentary series highlighting artists, Durham culture, and the places (venues, restaurants, etc.) where our community gathers. 

The larger intent of the project is to explore, discuss, and demonstrate how the country, soul, and Americana genres, and the Durham community itself, are rooted in the same history, and the same multi-race/multi-identity American soup. We want to build community bridges, and celebrate our unity-in-diversity through the irresistible power of music, food, and the good times that gather people together. 

Our first concert will take place at North Star Church of the Arts on Sunday, November 24th, 2019. Featured artists include Kamara Thomas, Rissi Palmer, Phil Cook, Kym Register, and Shana Tucker. 

Additional concerts will take place seasonally starting in March 2020. Each concert will feature a combination of artists' original tunes, and curated songs from the existing country-soul-Americana canon. 

The pilot episode of the web series will complete filming in 2019 and begin airing online in Spring 2020, with regular episodes to follow. Purchase tickets HERE

Rock and Blues Muse reviews Revival 

Thank you to Mike O'Cull and Martine Ehrenclou for this awesome review of Revival!!! 

"Rissi Palmer is as multifaceted as an artist can be and carries many different songs in her heart. Her brand of Southern Soul is unique, classic, and relevant to these modern times and is likely to turn every head that hears it. If you need some new music that explores roots music in a way you’ve not heard before, this is it."

Read the rest HERE.

Rolling Stone chooses "Soul Message" as one of the 10 Best Songs of the Week!!! 

 

Aaaaaayyyyyy!!! Thank you to Rolling Stone Country, Robert Crawford, and Schatzi Hageman for including “Soul Message” in your 10 Best Country & Americana songs of the week list!!!!!!! Also, thank you to Peter Kimosh for the awesome behind the scenes footage in the article. Check out the write up by clicking HERE and get your download of “Soul Message” now by purchasing a pre-order of my new album, Revival, here. Revival will be released on all platforms on October 22...

Airdates and times for In Studio with Rissi Palmer 

It was a tremendous honor to be included in this series of intimate concerts with Tift Merritt and The Kruger Brothers and I'm really excited for you all to see the finished product!!! In Studio with Rissi Palmer will premier on UNC-TV on Thursday, September 12th at 9:30 pm.  It will also air, Friday, Sept. 13th at 10:30pm and Thursday, October 3rd at 9:30pm. Click HERE to see the whole performance.

In studio with Rissi Palmer & UNC-TV 

You and your guests are invited to an exclusive, intimate In Studio concert by Rissi Palmer! 

As a local complement to the next Ken Burns’ blockbuster documentary, Country Music, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina presents In Studio, a series of in-studio concerts featuring some of our state’s best artists from the musical melting pot that is country music. 

These hourlong concerts will air statewide on UNC-TV and the North Carolina Channel, as well as available online. Ken Burns’ Country Music, an in-depth, eight-part, 16.5-hour film, premieres Sunday, September 15, at 8 PM, and rolls out across two weeks. 

Space is extremely limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot now by registering via Eventbrite. For questions, please contact the In Studio producer, Will Mikes, at 919-549-7018 or wmikes@unctv.org. 

Who: You & Your Guests! 

What: In Studio with Rissi Palmer 

When: Wednesday, July 24 

Doors open: 6:30 PM 
Doors close: 6:50 PM 
Show starts: 7 PM 
Show ends: 8-8:30 PM 

Where: UNC-TV Studios, 10 UNC-TV Drive, Research Triangle Park, in Durham County (Conveniently located just minutes from I-40 and the Durham Freeway/Hwy 147, with plenty of free, accessible parking.) 

Notes: Because we are filming this concert for broadcast, we need all guests seated by 6:45 PM; doors will close at 6:50 PM. No photography or recording during the performance taping.