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!!!
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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."
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.
This is what your Mama’s Country music looks like.
We know in our bones that the music and culture we have come to know as Country, Soul, and Americana, are truly for EVERYONE. We’re coming together to celebrate what we know they can be: equitable, integrated, truth-telling, and future-minded.
The Country Soul Songbook Summit is a four-day music festival and conference--BY ARTISTS, FOR EVERYONE--broadcasting out to a front porch near you, from right here on the CSSB website. Register now and tune in October 15th - 18th!
Our mission is to spotlight marginalized voices in Country & Americana music, and to position artists as instigators of transformation in the spaces and hierarchies that have historically worked against their best interests.
Brought to you by a colorful array of creatives and cultural activists, The 2020 CSSB Summit is a call for gathering and engaging in vital conversations and accountability practices within our community and the music industry at-large. Summit happenings include performances, curated conversations, interactive workshops, and joyful re-imaginings of the Country-Americana canon.
All humans, extraterrestrials and sentient beings who share our love for Country & Americana music-- how it’s inspired and created, who it’s for, where it's going, and how our communities can be more equitable and inclusive, are invited to attend. Grab your ticket by donating to CSSB-- and while you’re at it, grab some of our fantastic merchandise! All profits go directly to participating artists and sustaining the CSSB project. Click HERE to register.
NC Arts Council & Come Hear NC in partnership with North Carolina State Historic Sites presents Singing on the Land
A HUGE thank you to Michelle Lanier, Carly Jones, Come Hear NC, North Carolina State Historic Sites, and North Carolina Arts Council for including me in this moving project. Singing on the Land is a virtual music project that celebrates the stories of historic sites across North Carolina through the voices of North Carolina musicians. Developed by North Carolina State Historic Sites and Properties in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and Come Hear NC, each installment of the series highlights one of North Carolina’s 27 state designated historic sites. Listen and watch as James Gilmore and I perform the song ‘Barley’ standing on the land where a community witnessed tragedy and hope in the Battle of Bentonville over 150 years ago.
For five years now BGS and our partners at PineCone have used our voices, resources, and positivity to lift up and celebrate diversity in bluegrass and roots music through the Shout & Shine showcase. This year, the event’s 5th annual iteration will follow a format more suitable for a worldwide pandemic — with an all-online showcase as part of IBMA’s Virtual World of Bluegrass!
Shout & Shine Online will feature artists from across the genre map of roots music: Rissi Palmer, host of Apple Music Country’s brand new radio show, ‘Color Me Country‘; IBMA Momentum Award winning banjoist Tray Wellington; punk-influenced fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter Sunny War; down-home blues and old-time musician Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton; The Voice alumnus and guitar picker Stephanie Anne Johnson; and returning favorites Kaia Kater and Amythyst Kiah, who make their first appearance at Shout & Shine since playing on its debut lineup in 2016.
Shout & Shine Online’s roster is curated by performing musician and Decolonizing the Music Room founder and Executive Director, Brandi Waller-Pace. Shout & Shine Online will take place at 2 pm ET Saturday, October 3. Viewers will be able to tune in on BGS, or right here on Facebook, or YouTube, via PineCone’s channels, and via IBMA’s conference platform, Swapcard.
Meet Rissi Palmer, The Black Female Country Artist Spotlighting The Genre’s Diverse History on the State of Things
A BIG thank you to Stacia, Frank, and everyone at The State of Things for having me on the show! You can hear our conversation HERE.
Tune in on Wednesday, August 12 at 7pm est to WRAL and Facebook Live to see Call for Change: Band Together Against Racism, with performances from some of NC’s favorite musicians. Profits from this event will be invested directly in community leaders of color and nonprofits with systemic approaches to promoting equity in housing, food, health, workforce, or education.
More info: bandtogethernc.org/cfc
In the early days of quarantine, I was invited by Skylar Gudasz and Southern Cultures to record a song that brings me comfort. Comfort is a commodity these days...Anyway, I performed a song that has meant a lot to me and wanted to share it with you all. Click HERE to see mine and several other fantastic artists performing songs of comfort..
We’re proud to present Rissi Palmer as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area home. The series shifts Duke Performances’ longtime summer series, Music in the Gardens, normally held outdoors at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Duke’s campus, to an online format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, August 19 at 7 PM ET, we’ll premiere a new, specially recorded performance by Rissi online, free of charge, on our website and on our YouTube page. The film, pre-recorded in a socially-distanced manner, will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat with Rissi, who will answer questions from viewers.
Duke Performances presents Music in Your Gardens in collaboration with Duke Arts, WXDU, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Continuing Studies, and Duke Summer Session. Hospitality partners include The Palace International and Locopops.
I am honored that Pierce Freelon asked me to be a part of this beautiful family album. Children’s music has been a love of mine since I became a mommy; the messages that our children get are SO important. Pierce and I collaborated on the song “My Body (Body Autonomy)” (along w/ my daughter Grace and Nico Ocaña Sonic Pie Productions), a song teaching kids about consent. Added bonus: you get to hear me rap for the first time ever 🤣 Everything I’ve heard on this album is wonderful and I hope that you’ll support when it’s released on July 31. Our single, "My Body", is out now, listen to it HERE!!! Click HERE to presave the album.
Rissi Palmer sings "Islands in the Stream" for a Caleb Martin Presents Take Over Worldwide Song Collaboration
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)
Bass: Morris Pleasure (Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire)
Drums: Eric Kalver (Upright Citizens Brigade)
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).
Featuring the talents of Kamara Thomas, Kym Register of Loamlands, Phil Cook, Libby Rodenbough of Mipso, and myself, and our slamtastic band... WE PLAN TO ABSOLUTELY BRING IT!! The concert (as well as other fun stuff) will take place LIVE from 2 - 6PM eastern time on Sunday, March 15th. Go to countrysoulsongbook.com for more details...
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.
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.
A HUGE thank you to Kyesha Jennings and Indy Week for this review of Revival:
"At its core, Revival is eight tracks of pure inspiration for navigating love, racial tensions, self-acceptance, and, above all, perseverance."
You can read the full review HERE.
So...I was shocked to receive an email today from WRAL saying that I was nominated for Best Local Artist for their Voters' Choice Awards. I'm EXTREMELY honored by this and invite you to VOTE for me to win in my category if you so desire. Just click the link HERE. Voting is open until Dec. 1. I'll do my best pagent wave and cry if I win
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...
Thank you so much to Frank Stacio, Grant and everyone at The State of Things for having us...we had a ball!!! You can read the article and hear the interview by clicking HERE.
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.
Thank you to Kyesha Jennings and Indy Week for the awesome interview... check it out HERE!!!