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Black Carpet Speaker Series- Women In Music: A Conversation with Rhiannon Giddens and Rissi Palmer on March 6! 

A Conversation with Two Amazing Women In Music on Saturday, March 6 at 12pm pst/3pm est.  

Rhiannon Giddens 
Celebrated MacArthur "Genius Grant" Recipient, Grammy Winner, Singer, Fiddle and Banjo Player 

And 

Rissi Palmer 
Southern Soul Singer, Apple Country Music Radio Host of "Color Me Country" & Singer-Songwriter 

Join as they discuss their groundbreaking careers, journey, struggle. triumphs and more. 

Registration is required for this event, click HERE to save your spot. 

Rissi Palmer, Vince Gill, Maren Morris, and Ryan Hurd discuss shifting Country music's culture on CBS This Morning 

“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

Black, Female and Carving Out Their Own Path in Country Music: New York Times Feature 

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

Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer hosts roundtable discussion about Race & Country Music on Sunday, February 14 

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.

Rissi Palmer & Color Me Country Radio Included in the Country Music Hall of Fame's "American Currents: State of Music" exhibit! 

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

Rissi Palmer, Caylee Hammack, & Lauren Alaina host the CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2021 

 

 

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​ 

 

 

 

Rissi Palmer and Kelly McCartney introduce the Color Me Country Artist Fund 

 

 

 

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 donate to Color Me Country Artist Fund, click HERE.  Check out the wonderful pieces done about the fund at TheBoot.com and CountryInsider.com

Essence highlights Rissi's conversation with Mickey Guyton on Color Me Country Radio 

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

Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer welcomes Darius Rucker!!! 

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

I Am Your Mama's Country Music - Country Soul Songbook Summit 

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. 

IBMA presents Shout & Shine showcase on Saturday, October 3 

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. 

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pinecone.org 
decolonizingthemusicroom.com

Rissi Palmer talks with Hunter and Ashley on All Our Favorite People Podcast 

I had an absolute BALL talking with Hunter and Ashley. We discuss my new Apple Music Country series, “Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer .” The show shines a light on the rich history of Black, Indigenous and Latinx people in country music, and why the success of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” inspired me to start the series. I also talk about her own experience as a black woman making country music on a major level in the 2000s. 

We also dig into my latest album, “Revival,” which addresses issues of social justice and the pressing need to keep speaking up for equality in America. Plus, I explain the relationship between my daughters Grace and Nova, describes the ongoing influence of ‘80s television on our need for “pageantry” and explains how watching the banning of The Chicks from country radio play out over the last decade. Click HERE to listen!

Color Me Country Radio with Rissi Palmer launches on Apple Music Country 

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 premieres on Sunday, August 30 at 7pm est.!!! Meanwhile, visit the show's homepage HERE

Rissi Palmer, Delta Rae, and many more perform for Band Together's Call for Change 

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