Rissi Palmer pens essay for Whose Country Music?: Genre, Identity, and Belonging in Twenty-First-Century Country Music Culture 

In a period in which racism and gender inequity are at the fore of public, political, and scholarly discourse, this collection challenges systems of gatekeeping that have dictated who gets to participate in twenty-first century country music culture. Building on established scholarship, this book examines contemporary issues in country music through feminist, intersectional, and post-colonialist theories, as well as other intertextual and cultural lenses. The authors pose questions about diversity, representation, and identity as they relate to larger concepts of artist and fan communities, stylistic considerations of the genre, and modes of production from a twenty-first century perspective. Addressing and challenging the received narrative about country music culture, this collection delves into the gaps that are inherent in existing approaches that privileged biography and historiography and expands new areas of inquiry relating to contemporary country music identity and culture. Edited by Dr. Jada Watson and Paula J. Bishop, the book features chapters and pieces written by Alice Randall, Kris McCusker, Rachel Skaggs, Sophia Enriquez, Stephanie Vander Wel, Phoebe Hughes, Jocelyn Neal, Leigh H. Edwards, Janet Aspley, Nancy Riley, Kristina Jacobsen, Nadine Hubbs, Rebekah Hutten, Tracey E.W. Laird, and Rissi Palmer. 

Purchase your copy HERE 

RISSI PALMER AND MIKO MARKS ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING ACOUSTIC TOUR 

2023 is all about making your own magic. Miko Marks and I had a vision and with the heavy lifting of Brooklyn Basement Records and Paladin Artists, it’s manifest! We are going on tour!!!!!!!!! Miko has been an inspiration and a friend for a long time. Her talent is second to none and it's an honor to be sharing a stage with her. Y’all can expect a lot of laughter, lots of good, new music, stories, and a great show! Tickets on sale NOW, so grab yours asap.

 

 

U.S. TOUR DATES

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May 3 / Washington, DC / Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage Series 

May 4 / Old Saybrook, CT / The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center 

May 5 / Brownfield, ME / Stone Mountain Arts Center 

May 6 / Boston, MA / City Winery Haymarket 

May 7 / New York, NY / City Winery - The Loft 

May 10 / Philadelphia, PA / World Cafe Live 

May 11 / Durham, NC / The Pinhook 

May 13 / Atlanta, GA / Eddie’s Attic

May 18/ Nashville, TN / City Winery

 

A New Exhibit Honors the Women Who Shaped Country Music--- And continue to Propel it Forward 

The Power of Women in Country Music, a new exhibit coming to the NC Museum of History from the GRAMMY Museum on October 28, spotlights the women who shaped country music and those who continue to propel it forward.

“Some of the most groundbreaking stuff that’s happened in country music has happened because of women,” says the Durham musician Rissi Palmer, who also hosts the Apple Radio show Color Me Country. Palmer is also featured in the exhibition. 

Much of that history-making has taken place along gendered lines, but a growing number of artists, Palmer among them, have pushed for greater racial inclusivity as well. After all, many of the songs deemed “country” in the early 20th century were popular hymns, spirituals, and folk tunes that circulated in sundry communities."

You can read more about it HERE

Holler Country profiles Rissi Palmer and Color Me Country Radio 

"Since Color Me Country has been on air, Rissi Palmer has quickly become a leader in the conversation pushing for more equity and inclusion in country music. Ahead of her stage takeover at The Long Road Fest we spoke to Rissi, Madeline Edwards, Chapel Hart Band, and Miko Marks about the work the show is doing for Black, Indigenous and other artists of color" - Matt Wickstrom

You can read the article HERE

Check out Rissi's op-ed for The Grio.com about the CMA's ban on the Confederate flag 

Thank you to the Grio for offering their platform. It was really beautiful to watch all the artists I’ve had on Color Me Country and Black Opry have a presence at CMA Fest this year. This was something I couldn’t have fathomed when I played my first fest in 2008. Next sentence… it’s time to go deeper. Click HERE to read the rest of my thoughts. 

15 Country Songs by women that everyone should know - curated by Marissa R. Moss in support of her new book, Her Country 

After a decade immersed in Nashville's country music scene, Marissa R. Moss has seen firsthand how pervasive gender inequalities affect female artists from all corners of the genre. Now, she's helping take control of the narrative — literally — with her new book, Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be. 

Moss follows the trajectories of Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton as touch points for country's current climate, as all three have navigated the choppy waters of radio bias and helped broaden the genre's limitations. 

Rissi is among several artists interviewed for this book. Check out Marissa's playlist HERE and get your copy of the book HERE

Rissi joins Christone "Kingfish" Ingram for the 662 Juke Joint Tour! 

GRAMMY-nominated blues artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram today announces a stellar lineup of supporting acts for his upcoming tour Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Presents 662: Juke Joint Live, including genre-trailblazing singer-songwriters Rissi Palmer, Camille Parker, and Maggie Rose. Full list of dates with specified opening acts is below. 

“I’m very excited to have these four incredible musicians join me for ‘662 Juke Joint Live.’ I have listened to their music and followed their success for some time now,” says Kingfish. “I think each of us have expanded the definition of our respective genres and we have been fortunate to receive support from the Americana music community. I’m quite confident fans will really enjoy what we will bring to the live stage.” 

This tour, a partnership with Nashville-based Outback Presents, will take the 22-year-old Grammy-nominated guitarist, vocalist and songwriter across the country with dates beginning March 2022 and going through May. Rissi Palmer, Camille Parker, and Maggie Rose will join him as opening acts at various cities and venues around the country, including the Apollo Theater in New York City, ACL Live at Moody Theater in Austin, Symphony Hall in Atlanta, and the Ace Theater in Los Angeles. Click HERE to get your tickets.

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Mar10

The series celebrates the rich heritage of African American musicians with ties to Eastern North Carolina, with artistic director, Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr., a house band, and a special monthly guest artist. The music series is part of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the counties of Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson. Find a guidebook and more information at www.AfricanAmericanMusicNC.com.

Mar24

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Mar30

As a passionate voice for country artists of color and those who have been marginalized in mainstream country music, Rissi Palmer launched her own radio show, Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer, on Apple Music Country in 2020.

Palmer is joined by Richmond, Virginia guest artist Tony Jackson to record an episode of the podcast.

FREE event but registration is required

Mar30

A trio of spring performances is the culmination of a new collaboration between the Moss Arts Center and North Carolina artist Shirlette Ammons, who is serving as the center’s first independent guest performing arts curator. Ammons brings a new perspective to the center’s lineup, creating a focus on Black Southern artists who effortlessly cross genres and revitalize time-honored music traditions.

$15

Mar31

A trio of spring performances is the culmination of a new collaboration between the Moss Arts Center and North Carolina artist Shirlette Ammons, who is serving as the center’s first independent guest performing arts curator. Ammons brings a new perspective to the center’s lineup, creating a focus on Black Southern artists who effortlessly cross genres and revitalize time-honored music traditions.

$15

May20

Rissi Palmer's gift lies in reaching across all musical boundaries. While she made her mark in country music, she is equally at home in R&B music, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.” Palmer has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Grand Ole Opry and was recently named one of the “Future 25 of Music” by "Rolling Stone."

$23-27

With funding from the NC Arts Council, Spark the Arts Grant, we are thrilled to present a 12-concert series designed with older adults in mind. The Jazz Age Concert Series has been curated for older adults and those with disabilities to be accessible and free of cost. This performance series will honor the generation that brought us Jazz music!

Music is tied to memory and cognition and participation in a live musical experience is an excellent way to spark joy, memory and human connection. Social isolation compounded by Covid has been especially difficult for our most vulnerable seniors. We are committed to offering high quality programs for audiences regardless of age, physical or cognitive abilities.

Join us for 12 1-hour lunchtime concerts beginning in February 2023 and continuing through June 2023.

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Sep7

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