MELODIES OF MOTHERHOOD: STORIES OF NORTH CAROLINA’S WORKING MUSICIAN MOTHERS WITH RISSI PALMER 

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... 

You can read the full interview HERE.

Thank you so much Carly P. Jones and Come Hear NC for including me in this :-)

Rissi Palmer performs songs from new album at Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on May 11!!!  

I am excited to be playing the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest, NC this Saturday, May 11. Here are the details:

Where: Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

When: 7:30-9:30pm

Tickets: $15, https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3966928/rissi-palmer-wake-forest-wake-forest-renaissance-centre

Rissi Palmer performing in a tribute to North Carolina music at Connect Beyond Festival 

Presented in collaboration with Come Hear NC, a campaign of the NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources 

A blend of artists from North Carolina playing originals and artists from around the country paying tribute to NC musicians- Saturday night marquis event - in partnership with the NC Arts Council at the Orange Peel at 10:30pm. 

Featured artists include Amanda Anne Platt, Christopher Paul Stelling, Brie Capone, Julia Christgau, Rissi Palmer, Johnny Irion, Lonnie Holley, Josh Blake, Ryan O’Keefe and Daniel Shearin (River Whyless), Jamar Woods, Marisa Blake and an All-Star Asheville backing band.

Weekend and day passes are available HERE. 

Rissi Palmer will speak on Women Get the Job Done panel at the Connect Beyond Festival 

Women have historically been few and far between in positions producing music, conducting orchestras or engineering audio. But recently, this paradigm has begun to shift. In this panel discussion, attendees will examine this sea change with music industry trailblazers including recording engineer Susan Rogers, musician Rissi Palmer, conductor Melisse Brunet, and musician and scientist Sally Sparks. Here are the details:

                       When: Thursday, March 21 at 6:30pm

Where: Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28806

How Much: Free!!!

 

 

Everything Music Magazine makes Rissi Palmer their February/March cover story!!! 

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...

 

Come celebrate the opening of the NorthStar Church with the "Four Women" show 

"Four Women" will be an evening of storytelling and song sharing of both original material from each of the singers, as well as covers of songs that are sacred to them and features Four of the Triangle's most powerful singers, Kamara Thomas, Mavis Swan Poole, Tamisha Waden & Rissi Palmer join forces to help officially consecrate the stage at North Star Church of the Arts.

Backed by a powerhouse band of Jeremy Bean Clemons (Soul Understated feat. Mavis SWAN Poole), Darion Alexander (The Foreign Exchange) and Phil Cook, this is certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime performance. 

THERE ARE TWO SETS FOR THIS SHOW. 
GET TICKETS FOR 7pm / 9pm 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4077130 

ABOUT NORTHSTAR: 
NorthStar is holding sacred space for creative practice in Durham, NC. Our mission is to elevate the arts on a path toward a more peaceful, just and loving community.

Get your tickets now for Rissi's week of shows in Florida in March!!! 

Hey Florida Friends, 
 I am excited to be taking part in the Livingroom Concert Festival this year. During the week of March 26-30, I will be playing 90+min. intimate shows in Sarasota, Tarpon Springs, St. Pete, and Clearwater. Here are all the details, reserve your tickets now!!!

3/27/19 
Listening Room of Palmer Ranch presents Rissi Palmer 
Sarasota, FL 
To reserve your ticket, please email at trtchconcerts@yahoo.com. 

3/28/19 
Hope Street Patio presents Rissi Palmer 
Tarpon Springs, FL 
For tickets to this performance, please email: hopestreetpatio@gmail.com 

3/29/19 
Living Room Concert Festival Artist Showcase 
The six acts to be presented are Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints (vintage vibe, WA), Rissi Palmer (acoustic soul, NC), Madison Violet (ON), Five Letter Word (spunky electric trio, OR), Matthew Fowler and the Prado Sisters (modern folk a la montagne, FL), and Cece Teneal & Soul Kamotion (blow your hair back power, FL). 
Palladium Theater 
253 5th Ave. N 
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 
Tickets: $28, VIP Tickets: $75 
Purchase tickets HERE

3/30/19 
Kasie Carlson Concerts presents Rissi Palmer 
Clearwater, FL 
To reserve your ticket, please email: safetyharboracupunk@gmail.com

3/31/19 

Safety Harbor Art and Music Center presents Rissi Palmer 

Safety Harbor, FL 

5pm 

Ticket info HERE

Rissi Palmer releases new single "Seeds" 

On Monday, October 15, my new single and video "Seeds" was made public. I want to thank BlackGirlsAllowed.netTheUrbanMusicScene.com, and GuitarGirlMag.com for being early supporters of the video. The video is available on Youtube and all digital outlets (you can click the photo above to hear and see  "Seeds").  Here is an open letter I wrote to anyone curious about the message of "Seeds":

 

Friends, 

 

I am extremely excited and proud to present to you the short film based on my song "Seeds". I want to thank each and every person that made this happen, most importantly the director and screenwriter, Emil Gallardo. This was a labor of love from start to finish, with people volunteering their time and resources to be a part of making this film. 

We wrote the song "Seeds" in 2014 after the murder of Michael Brown. I felt powerless and wanted to say something to uplift and empower everyone...including myself. The song is based on the words of Greek Poet Dinos Christianopoulos, "They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds."

I am very aware that the images in this video are triggering and jarring and will evoke strong emotion...I hope they do. I hope that after watching this, you are fired up and ready to vote, to volunteer, to protest, to make change. We're sooooo past Republican and Democrat, black and white, right now, we're fighting for our decency and humanity. I truly believe that we will be judged by future generations harshly for staying silent on the issues we are facing today. Every negative action in the film has a positive reaction, meaning WE have the power to change the ugly in this world.

As always, I thank you for your support and if you feel so moved, please share this video and song with your family and friends. 

God Bless you all and please make your voice heard this November 6 and every day after...

With love,

Rissi

Rissi Palmer one of six acts to headline Living Room Festival in March 2019 in Tampa, FL!!! 

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/

Rissi's making a video in the San Jose area and needs YOU to be in it!!! 

Attention San Jose friends: I will be in town shooting a video for my song Seeds with film maker Emil Gallardo on Saturday, August 18. As you may or may not know, Seeds was written to empower us to fight for social justice and recognize how powerful we are when we fight together rather than against each other. This short film/video is a collaboration between Emil and I to motivate people to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections. If you have been looking for a way to get involved, here's an opportunity. We are seeking extras to bring this story to life. We need all ethnicities, shapes, orientations, etc. Click on the link below for location information if interested: https://www.facebook.com/events/230792204272757/

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The Doodad Farm presents Rissi Palmer and Becca Rae

The Doodad Farm, 4701 Land Rd,, Greensboro, NC

We're proud to present Rissi! Rissi Palmer experienced a lifetime of milestones when she released her self-titled debut album in 2007. Rissi received widespread attention, including Ebony, Parade, Vibe, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She made national television and radio appearances such as the CBS Early Show, PBS’ Tavis Smiley Show, and Sirius XM's Dr. Maya Angelou's Show on "Oprah & Friends." She was invited to perform at the White House and the Grand Ole Opry upon numerous occasions. And as if all that wasn't enough, Rissi also made music history as the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987 with the release of her debut single, "Country Girl."

Rissi has since released two project independently, a children’s LP Best Day Ever in 2013 and 2015’s The Back Porch Sessions. Best Day Ever earned her an invite to play Lincoln Center in New York City and two of its tracks were featured on Smiles Ahead and Heart Beats, compilations made by Hallmark. The Back Porch Sessions, an EP described as “Southern Soul”, has received attention from publications such as Rolling Stone, PerezHilton.com, People Magazine, and NPR’s The State of Things. She is now in the process of writing and recording a new project for release in 2018. More at www.rissipalmermusic.com

Becca Rae is a mainstream country music singer-songwriter based out of Southern Pines, NC. She has opened concerts for country music superstars like Loretta Lynn and Montgomery Gentry, and modern songwriting greats like Gary Hannan and Lacy Green. She has released three independent albums, and her original music has been featured on national television. Best known for her stop-and-stare vocals and emotionally-charged lyrics, Becca Rae has traveled and performed for fans all across the country. Becca Rae is also the creator and host of the historic Sunrise Theater's "Singer-Songwriters in the Round" showcase, a bi-annual event that highlights original music from North Carolina. More at www.beccaraemusic.com

If we had a gate, it would open at 6:30 pm. Feel free to show up earlier than that, even, if you just want to enjoy the weather, have a picnic, or just hang out.

Doodad Farm never charges for entry to concerts, though we do request that those who are able (and you know who you are) donate at the stage area. Every penny of donations goes straight to the performers. We think $10-$15 is a reasonable donation for this show. There will also be an opportunity to buy CDs and other merchandise, and that's another way to support these artists.

Other details: • Kids, dogs, and even mothers-in-law are always welcome as long as they behave themselves. • This is an outside, farm like setting (thus the name). Dress like you’re going camping and you’ll be fine. Bug spray might be a good idea. • We never allow weapons of any sort at the farm. If you think you need to protect yourself, you’re in the wrong place. • Bring your own beverages, and consume them responsibly. • If you’re a sitter, bring a chair. If you forget, we have some extras. • Smoking is permitted as long as you don’t bother anyone or do any butt-dropping. • Please clean up after yourself and treat the Farm as if it’s your own (in a way, it is!). • Portable toilets and drinking water will be available. • Let someone help you park, especially if the field is wet.

SIX STRING PRESENTS JON SHAIN, FJ VENTRE AND SPECIAL GUEST RISSI PALMER

The Cary Theater, 122 E Chatham St, Cary, North Carolina 27511

Jon Shain jonshain.com

2019 International Blues Challenge Winner

Jon took first place in the solo/duo category of the 2019 International Blues Challengein Memphis, besting over 260 competitors for the win. Watch video of Jon’s winning performance and read the News & Observer’s feature.

Last August at Durham’s Blue Note Grill, Jon won the 2018 Triangle Blues Society‘s Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category, sending him on to the International Challenge. The band Chicken Shack won in their category.

Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Shain’s latest solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues – a Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain’s newest release is Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon, with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.

FJ Ventre reverbnation.com/fjventre

Based in Chapel Hill, NC, FJ Ventre plays upright and electric bass and sings with several acts from The Triangle area, including Jon Shain, Wyatt Easterling, Wes Collins, the Bennys, Nantahala and others.

He has also played with the Chris Stamey Group, the Swang Brothers, Rebecca and The Hi-Tones, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, The Stars Explode, and Tom Maxwell. FJ is the owner-operator of Good Luck Studio and has recorded and mixed projects for Jon Shain, The Swang Brothers, Jeff Hart, Hailey Clark, The Infidels, Tad Walters, and Tom Maxwell, to name a few.

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