Check out the premiere of the video for "You Were 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. 

The new play, Orange Light, features the music of Rissi Palmer 

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

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Howard, Carly, Lakeisha, and I appeared on The State of Things on NPR to discuss the show, check out our interview HERE.

Rissi sings from the Country Soul Songbook 


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

Rock and Blues Muse reviews Revival 

Thank you to Mike O'Cull and Martine Ehrenclou for this awesome review of Revival!!! 

"Rissi Palmer is as multifaceted as an artist can be and carries many different songs in her heart. Her brand of Southern Soul is unique, classic, and relevant to these modern times and is likely to turn every head that hears it. If you need some new music that explores roots music in a way you’ve not heard before, this is it."

Read the rest HERE.

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Homegrown Benefit Gala for the North Carolina Diaper Bank

21 C Museum Hotel, 111 Corcoran Street, Durham, NC

oin us on February 29, 2020 as we come together to celebrate the work of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina! Our inaugural fundraising gala will be held at the beautiful 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham, where more than 250 guests will enjoy an evening of food, drinks, entertainment, and bidding boldly in support of our mission. This year we are especially excited to welcome local musicians Rissi Palmer, Shana Tucker, and Kamara Thomas, as well as Jatovi McDuffie, On-Field Announcer for the Durham Bulls. Trust us, you don't want to miss this incredible evening!

Early bird pricing ($125) will be available for the first 100 tickets, expiring on December 31. Regular priced tickets will be available beginning January 1 at $150. Don't wait, get yours now!

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Amplify Women's Music Festival

Hilton, 3800 Hillsborough St. , Durham, NC

Join us on the Main Stage for some dynamic music!! AMP Music Fest is celebrating women artists in various genres of music. Get your tickets and enjoy Vocalists, Bands, Rappers, Poets, Artist, Speakers and much more!!! We believe when the music and the movement collide things get AMPLIFIED!!


Garden Party Concerts presents Rissi Palmer

Garden Party Concerts, Hermitage, TN

Capacity is limited to 50 people at each event (or only 40 if the show is inside), so once the reservation "window" opens for a show you'd like to attend, the sooner you reply to reserve your space the better your chances that we'll still have room for you on our reservation list. Sign up for the list/show HERE: Our "listening yard" concerts are held in our beautiful backyard on an open air patio with flowers behind the performer(s). Thus the name "Garden Party Concerts." We serve everyone a free dinner about 45 minutes prior to the show, ask that all attendees please bring their own chairs for seating on the lawn, hold the performance for about two hours (including the intermission) and wrap everything up by sunset. The back of our house faces west to a wooded area, so the sun drops below the tree line before our event times and the backyard is shaded. If there is inclement weather in the forecast, we move the events into our living room. Our events are NOT public and therefore admission to our shows is by invitation only. If you'd like to attend you must reserve your space(s) by replying to one of the emails we send out to those on our list and receiving a reply confirmation from us that you're on the reservation list. In that reply you'll be given our address and full details regarding parking, things you'll need to bring, the dinner menu for the show you are attending, etc.

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