Thanks to the AP for reaching out and making my story a part of the bigger story ... and shout out to all the women who are allowing me to tell THEIR stories with my new project #colormecountry. Click HERE to read the full story.
This was a really nice surprise!!! Although I no longer call Nashville home, it's an honor to be included in a list of such fantastic homegrown talent. Thank you to World Cafe and Jewly Hight for including me!!! Check it out HERE.
In all this crazy, the one thing that has kept me centered is music. I had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing musicians from all over the world for this fun arrangement of the classic "Islands in the Stream". A HUGE thanks to Caleb Martin for including me on this fun project.
CALEB MARTIN PRESENTS TAKE COVER: Worldwide song collabs from the safety of home
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM by Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, and Maurice Gibb
Produced and arranged by Caleb Martin Vocals by Rissi Palmer and Dave Bernal
Guitar and mix by Jason Berk
BG vocals by Hannah Abrahim and Jason Berk
Trumpets: Joe Lu Xiaolin (China Philharmonic Orchestra), Enrique Sanchez (Aloe Blacc, Jonas Brothers, Meghan Trainor)
Piano: Michael Sobie (Game of Thrones orchestral tour, Marriage Story, Wicked)
DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, THE MARCH 15TH EDITION OF COUNTRY SOUL IS NOW A LIVE-STREAM ONLY EVENT! You can find the livestream feed at: countrysoulsongbook.com (I will also have the show on Facebook live on my artist page HERE).
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.
Spencer and Rachel are so much fun and I had a BALL talking with them about my favorite Dixie Chicks song, as well as my adventures in Nashville on These Neon Boots . You can hear our conversation (it's not safe for work or the kids AT ALL lol) by clicking HERE.
Aaaaaayyyyyy!!! Thank you to Rolling Stone Country, Robert Crawford, and Schatzi Hageman for including “Soul Message” in your 10 Best Country & Americana songs of the week list!!!!!!! Also, thank you to Peter Kimosh for the awesome behind the scenes footage in the article. Check out the write up by clicking HERE and get your download of “Soul Message” now by purchasing a pre-order of my new album, Revival, here. Revival will be released on all platforms on October 22...
It was a tremendous honor to be included in this series of intimate concerts with Tift Merritt and The Kruger Brothers and I'm really excited for you all to see the finished product!!! In Studio with Rissi Palmer will premier on UNC-TV on Thursday, September 12th at 9:30 pm. It will also air, Friday, Sept. 13th at 10:30pm and Thursday, October 3rd at 9:30pm. Click HERE to see the whole performance.
You and your guests are invited to an exclusive, intimate In Studio concert by Rissi Palmer!
As a local complement to the next Ken Burns’ blockbuster documentary, Country Music, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina presents In Studio, a series of in-studio concerts featuring some of our state’s best artists from the musical melting pot that is country music.
These hourlong concerts will air statewide on UNC-TV and the North Carolina Channel, as well as available online. Ken Burns’ Country Music, an in-depth, eight-part, 16.5-hour film, premieres Sunday, September 15, at 8 PM, and rolls out across two weeks.
Space is extremely limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot now by registering via Eventbrite. For questions, please contact the In Studio producer, Will Mikes, at 919-549-7018 or email@example.com.
Who: You & Your Guests!
What: In Studio with Rissi Palmer
When: Wednesday, July 24
Doors open: 6:30 PM Doors close: 6:50 PM Show starts: 7 PM Show ends: 8-8:30 PM
Where: UNC-TV Studios, 10 UNC-TV Drive, Research Triangle Park, in Durham County (Conveniently located just minutes from I-40 and the Durham Freeway/Hwy 147, with plenty of free, accessible parking.)
Notes: Because we are filming this concert for broadcast, we need all guests seated by 6:45 PM; doors will close at 6:50 PM. No photography or recording during the performance taping.
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/
It's hard to believe that it has been 10 YEARS since my debut album, Rissi Palmer, was released!!! Monday (Oct. 23) is the 10th anniversary and to commemorate, we live streamed the performance of the entire album, you can see the video above...
"Thanks to his passionate delivery and gift for interpretation, Owens successfully proves that the songs of Johnny Cash belong every bit in the soul canon as they do in country." - Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone Magazine
A year ago, I got a phone call to come sing on a project that bridges the gap between Country and Soul music...and I immediately said "YES!!!". Brian Owens brought together some incredible musicians and singers to perform song from an iconic American artist, Johnny Cash, and I'm honored to have been among them. It's authentic, soulful, and a beautiful tribute to a great artist. Soul of Cash features "Ring of Fire", "Folsom Prison", and an original song written by myself and Brian called "Soul in My Country". You can read more about it at RollingStone.com and get a copy on Itunes, Amazon, and Spotify. I will also be performing at the album release party in Nashville on Friday, Oct. 13, RSVP HERE for the show!!!
July 10-14, I will be teaching a Songwriting/Vocal Performance camp for kids ages 8-16 at Walltown Children's Theatre in Durham. We'll be composing, learning a little theory, as well as exploring movement and using our voices. It will be a great time!!! There are a few spots left...reserve your spot or get more information today by clicking HERE.
ST LOUIS!!! I'm coming home. I'm SO excited to come back and be a part of this amazing show with Brian Owens The Vaughans, Dylan McDonald, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra!!! Put it on your calendars now: Sunday, May 21!!! Check the article out HERE and purchase tickets HERE.
In addition to this show, I will be performing solo on the 19th and 20th:
Saturday, May 20: Wood House Concerts Clayton, MO 7-10pm Tickets: This is a house concert that is open to the public, but there are only a limited number of seats. You MUST RSVP to reserve a seat by emailing Rick Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include number in your party). The host will provide the address and other important information. Suggested donation for this show is $18 adv/$20 DOS per person. As always, all this donated money goes to the artist.
I can't wait for this weekend of music, I hope I'll see you out!!!
I am excited to be a part of the statewide kickoff to Black History Month at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the 16th annual African American Cultural Celebration will feature more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, and more. Click HERE for more info on this event. I take the stage at 4pm.
Today I am proud and excited to present to you all the video for my song "Summerville" from my EP The Back Porch Sessions. This video is special because it was filmed in Summerville, GA, birthplace of my mother, Poopoo, and my great grandmother, during my show there on June 25. Several members of my family make cameos in this beautiful piece. A huge thank you to the city of Summerville, my family, and to Caleb Childers at Malachi Films for capturing the magic of this place and its people. If you like it, share it. Check it out by clicking the video above...
A HUGE thank you to Anita, Frank Stasio, and NPR's The State of Things for having me on the show. If you missed it, check out this video of the interview HERE as well as their write up of my visit HERE.
I was asked to give my take on the "controversy" over Beyonce's song "Daddy Lessons" from her new album Lemonade being played on Country radio stations nationwide. You can check out the Pop Dust article HERE and the Flavorwire piece HERE.