What a way to end the year! Thank you so much, Guitar Girl Magazine, I had no idea you were putting me on the cover. Check out the digital issue now HERE, physical copies will be available mid January…
To see it all together is really something. I'm crying reading this, thank you for the acknowledgement and the reminder to keep fighting. My sisters showed out this year. Thank you Andrea Williams, Ann K. Powers, Jewly Hight, and Marcus K. Dowling. And this damn list of artists is like something out of my favorite playlist. To be named alongside these extraordinary women is unreal, read the whole thing HERE.
Of Billboard’s 2019 top 50 country artists, only one was black. Four were women. None of them were black women. Now, with country music under the spotlight as it never has been before, is it finally moving beyond its white, male image?
Americana-folk singer Lady Nade explores the roots of country and Americana and its debt to black music, and reflects on her own place in a genre that is only now starting to confront its history. You can hear the full documentary HERE.
Ron Wynn has been a friend, an ally, and someone I respect for years, since my beginning in Nashville. That’s what makes this honor so much grander for me. Thank you to Ron and to the Nashville Scene for honoring Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer, I’m so grateful. You can check out the entire piece HERE.
Thank you so much to the Tennessean, especially Matthew Leimkuehler, for asking me to reflect on the last year in Country music. Hallowed Sounds includes pieces from Mickey Guyton, Allison Russell, Willie Jones, Darius Rucker, and more. I'm honored to be included in those voices. You can read the essay in full HERE.
I'm so excited to be working with CMT's Hot 20 Countdown as a Special Correspondent. My first assignment was speaking with rising star Tenille Arts about her emotional Opry performance and how she’s on her way to making her biggest dream come true! Check it out!!!
“CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason talks to country artists Vince Gill, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd and Rissi Palmer™ about whether the genre and the country industry is going through a reckoning from top to bottom. You can see the extended interviews HERE
A HUGE thank you to Sarah Rodman and the New York Times for writing and running this piece. I also want to thank the beautiful, talented, and courageous women in this article who made this such a heart warming, once in a lifetime experience: Miko Marks,Mickey Guyton, Reyna Roberts, and Brittney Spencer. You can check out the article HERE.
This Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7pm est, Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer is having a discussion with journalist/activist/author Andrea Williams, & Country stars Cam and Maren Morris about why we are so passionate about shifting the culture of Country music, how we propose to do it, and the work we are doing personally to make it happen. You can hear it all, FOR FREE (i.e. no subscription necessary), by clicking HERE at 7pm est and listening live on Sunday on Apple Music.
I'm proud to be included in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's new exhibit "American Currents: State of the Music" —it opens Friday, March 12, and recognizes artists, musicians, and songwriters who helped shape country music in 2020.Learn more and plan your visit here:www.countrymusichalloffame.org/american-currents
Caylee Hammack, Rissi Palmer and Lauren Alaina host a one-hour digital special, “CMT Presents: Next Women of Country Class of 2021,” celebrating the ten new #CMTNextWomen inductees. The show features full performances from the new members and special appearances from past #CMTNextWomen. The show airs on Tuesday, January 26 at 4pm CT/5pm ET and will be streaming on CMT's Youtube Channel and on FB: https://www.facebook.com/cmt
Thank you to TheBoot for featuring Color Me Country's Class of 2021 list. You can read more about the artists HERE and get to know them better on Sunday, January 17 at 7pm est on Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer on Apple Music Country!!!
Thank you to Walter Magazine and David Menconi for this lovely piece on me and Color Me Country Radio. Check it out HERE...also, if y'all knew how long I've wanted to take a picture in a Huey Newton chair!!! Thank you Samantha Everette for making that happen!!!
Singer-songwriter and Color Me Country radio host, Rissi Palmer, has announced her partnership with Kelly McCartney and the Rainey Day Fund to create the Color Me Country Artist Fund to provide financial support to underrepresented voices of BIPOC artists in country music. The Rainey Day Fund was created by McCartney to assist BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and disabled artists, as well as others who add to the rich fabric of roots music. With a similar mission, Palmer recognized a real problem in the country music industry. As a result, Color Me Country was born to bring Black, Indigenous, and Latinx histories of country music to the forefront that for too long have lived outside the spotlight and off mainstream airwaves.
"As an artist, I've experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. I know what it's like to have to choose between eating and paying rent, to work a 9-to-5, then pull an all-nighter in the studio to get closer to the dream of being a self-sustaining musician," says Palmer. "Any success I have achieved has been because of the kindness of others and their belief in me, and I want to pay it forward. The Color Me Country Artist Fund will be an extension of the work I do with my radio show to further the careers of artists of color in the country music space," Palmer continues. "I don't want anyone's dreams deferred because of financial hardships. 100% of the funds will go to artists in need. I thank Kelly McCartney and the Rainey Day Fund for planting the seed."
Palmer launched her Color Me Country radio show in August of this year. Some of her guests have included Miko Marks, Crystal Shawanda, Kamara Thomas, The War & Treaty, Mickey Guyton and Darius Rucker. The show airs every other Sunday on Apple Music Country at 8pET.
McCartney, who also hosts Southern Craft Radio on Apple Music, is a long-standing advocate for the BIPOC music community and a clear supporter of Color Me Country from its conception. She created the Rainey Day Fund in 2018 and set out on a mission to support marginalized artists.
"Between our seed funding and a recent donation from Brandi Carlile's Looking Out Foundation, we have gifted grants to Yola, Birds of Chicago, Tré Burt, Joy Oladokun, Brittney Spencer, Jontavious Willis, and others, while also creating an Indigenous Music Scholarship with Folk Alliance International," McCartney says of the Rainey Day Fund. "Seeing the work that Rissi was doing in the country music space, it just made sense to create a specific Color Me Country program to support the artists on those fringes, as well. Together, we're being the change we wish to see in the music world."
To have Essence, a magazine devoted to telling the stories and acknowledging the beauty of black women, cover this conversation between Mickey Guyton and I for Color Me Country Radio means more than I can express with words. Check out the piece HERE and listen to the convo between Mickey and I HERE.
A HUGE thank you to Brian Bumbery, Gemma Watters, and Michelle Martin for this awesome interview. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love NPR...this was a dream come true! You can hear the full interview HERE.
I am so excited to announce my guest for this week's episode of Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer ... Darius Rucker!!! You can read more about our conversation exclusively in People Magazine today HERE and hear our conversation this Sunday, November 8 at 7pm est on Apple Music. You can listen HERE.