“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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.