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 will premiere on Sunday, August 30!!! Meanwhile, visit the show's homepage: apple.co/rissipalmer.
2020 marks fifty years since the debut album of Linda Martell, the first black woman to play the Grand Ole Opry and to chart a song on the Billboard Country Chart. Her album, Color Me Country, was the foundation on which I, and everyone after her, have built a career. It’s kind of crazy to think that after all these years, we are still asking where the black presence in Country music is and more baffling, where are the black and brown female stars? In 2018, after reading several incomplete lists in magazines and blogs, I set out to create a complete list of Black and Brown female country artists. The more I researched, the more I knew these stories had to be told. This pushed me to create this show, Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer, named affectionately after Linda’s landmark album.
Color Me Country is a conversation set to music between myself and various black and brown women in Country/Americana/Roots music, all considered to be “white” genres. It is my hope to tell and preserve our unique stories and show that not only do we exist, but we are thriving outside of the mainstream and are very much a part of the fabric and history. I tell these stories as an example of how multi-faceted and versatile WE are. My guests include Mickey Guyton, Miko Marks, Tierra, Tristan McIntosh, Crystal Shawanda, Chaley Rose, Lizzie No, Kamara Thomas and more. We have honest discussions about race, music industry politics, backstories, and life. This endeavor is my love letter to Linda Martell, Ruby Falls, Dona Mason, Barbara Cooper, Virginia Kirby, and every woman whose names we’ll never know who made it possible for me to step on that Opry stage in 2008. Go to www.colormecountry.com for more details...