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!
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to Mark Kemp, Eddie Huffman, Eric Waters, Dean Driver, and the beautiful Doodad Farm for having me and including me. If you haven't been there to see a show, you're really missing out. You can read about the Doodad Farm and see what I looked like 10 days before having a baby lol HERE...
I will be playing my new album, Revival, in it's entirety at The ArtsCenter at Carrboro on Thursday, August 22. There will be special appearances by Al Strong, Shana Tucker, Gordon Hartin, Omar Ruiz-Lopez & Lizzy Ross from Violet Bell, Branden Williams, and an opening set by XOXOK. Here are the details:
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 email@example.com.
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.
Confession: The night I found out I was pregnant with Grace, I was terrified. B and I had only been married 4 months, I had just gotten out of my record deal and was preparing to go to LA to meet some new producers and planning my next career path. How was this pregnancy going to affect my dreams? Clearly nothing was ever going to be the same... Luckily for me, it wasn't.
Motherhood has changed me in ways that I am so grateful for. It's not everyone's journey but I am so thankful that it has been mine...
A very big thank you to the very gracious and wonderful Terry Rader and Stephen at Everything Music Magazine for making me their cover story for the February/March edition. Thank you to Pink Diamonds by Tiwa Lawrence and @Bill Club for making me look pretty ;-) You can check out the story below...
The Living Room Festival announced their 2019 lineup and Rissi Palmer was chosen as one of six artists to headline!!! This one of a kind festival takes place in the Tampa Bay area March 26-31 and hosts 30 concerts during that time. Music fans and hosts from Canada, France, and all around the U.S. come to St. Petersburg FL to meet and experience an amazing week (or long weekend) of intimate and remarkable performances.The festival showcase is March 29th at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. Rissi's specific concert dates, times, and locations will be announced later this year. For more information about the artists and festival, please visit https://listeningroomfestival.com/
Join Families Moving Forward, a wonderful organization helping families in the Durham area, for their Inaugural Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration from 3-5 pm on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at the Durham Central Park! This is event is FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME!
There will be family-friendly entertainment, affordable food/drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family. Headlined by Durham's own Rissi Palmer, Baron von Rumblebuss and Jeghetto! Visit https://fmfnc.org/kidsforchange/ for more info on the event and about Families Moving Forward!