A HUGE thank you to Brian Bumbery, Gemma Watters, and Michelle Martin for this awesome interview. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love NPR...this was a dream come true! You can hear the full interview HERE.
A HUGE thank you to Michelle Lanier, Carly Jones, Come Hear NC, North Carolina State Historic Sites, and North Carolina Arts Council for including me in this moving project. Singing on the Land is a virtual music project that celebrates the stories of historic sites across North Carolina through the voices of North Carolina musicians. Developed by North Carolina State Historic Sites and Properties in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and Come Hear NC, each installment of the series highlights one of North Carolina’s 27 state designated historic sites. Listen and watch as James Gilmore and I perform the song ‘Barley’ standing on the land where a community witnessed tragedy and hope in the Battle of Bentonville over 150 years ago.
I had an absolute BALL talking with Hunter and Ashley. We discuss my new Apple Music Country series, “Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer .” The show shines a light on the rich history of Black, Indigenous and Latinx people in country music, and why the success of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” inspired me to start the series. I also talk about her own experience as a black woman making country music on a major level in the 2000s.
We also dig into my latest album, “Revival,” which addresses issues of social justice and the pressing need to keep speaking up for equality in America. Plus, I explain the relationship between my daughters Grace and Nova, describes the ongoing influence of ‘80s television on our need for “pageantry” and explains how watching the banning of The Chicks from country radio play out over the last decade. Click HERE to listen!
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.
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.
Thanks to the AP for reaching out and making my story a part of the bigger story ... and shout out to all the women who are allowing me to tell THEIR stories with my new project #colormecountry. Click HERE to read the full story.
In the early days of quarantine, I was invited by Skylar Gudasz and Southern Cultures to record a song that brings me comfort. Comfort is a commodity these days...Anyway, I performed a song that has meant a lot to me and wanted to share it with you all. Click HERE to see mine and several other fantastic artists performing songs of comfort..
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.
I am honored that Pierce Freelon asked me to be a part of this beautiful family album. Children’s music has been a love of mine since I became a mommy; the messages that our children get are SO important. Pierce and I collaborated on the song “My Body (Body Autonomy)” (along w/ my daughter Grace and Nico Ocaña Sonic Pie Productions), a song teaching kids about consent. Added bonus: you get to hear me rap for the first time ever 🤣 Everything I’ve heard on this album is wonderful and I hope that you’ll support when it’s released on July 31. Our single, "My Body", is out now, listen to it HERE!!! Click HERE to presave the album.
I’m going live in the UK this Thursday, May 7!!! I’ll be performing for The Digital Fix for Campfire Tales live from indoors show. Tune in at 8:15pm BST (3:15pm est) to catch my exclusive UK set. You can see the show HERE and HERE.
This was a really nice surprise!!! Although I no longer call Nashville home, it's an honor to be included in a list of such fantastic homegrown talent. Thank you to World Cafe and Jewly Hight for including me!!! Check it out HERE.
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!!!
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).
"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.
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. Featuring: Aurelia Belfield, Lakeisha Coffey, Elisabeth Lewis Corley, Marcia Edmundson, Carly P. Jones, Kri Schafer, Abbey Toot
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.