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.
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.
I’m going live in the UK this Thursday, May 7!!! I’ll be performing for The Digital Fix for Campfire Tales live from indoors show. Tune in at 8:15pm BST (3:15pm est) to catch my exclusive UK set. You can see the show HERE and HERE.
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.
On Wednesday, March 25, I will be playing a 30 min set at 4pm eastern from my home on Stageit as part of the Shut in and Sing festival. Artists Megan McCormick, John Smith, and, Robert Randolph & the Family Band are also playing the same day. You have to reserve a ticket to see the show, live from your computer. There are a limited number of tickets so click HERE to reserve yours. This is a pay what you can show. See you next week!!!
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).
"You Were Here (Sage's Song)", from my new album Revival, was written during the lowest of lows for a child I would never get to hold. The stats are that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and yet there is so much silent pain associated with them. I dedicate this to anyone who has experienced a loss of any kind, or this particuar type of loss... you are not alone. Thank you to Julienne Alexander aka YSSRS for the beautiful animation.
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
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.
Thank you to Mike O'Cull and Martine Ehrenclou for this awesome review of Revival!!!
"Rissi Palmer is as multifaceted as an artist can be and carries many different songs in her heart. Her brand of Southern Soul is unique, classic, and relevant to these modern times and is likely to turn every head that hears it. If you need some new music that explores roots music in a way you’ve not heard before, this is it."
A HUGE thank you to Black Grooves for this stellar review of Revival:
"Revival is a major leap forward for Rissi Palmer, offering hope in the midst of a world that seems to be spiraling out of control, faith to uplift our souls, and the courage to face injustice and rise up."
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
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.
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 Mark Kemp, Eddie Huffman, Eric Waters, Dean Driver, and the beautiful Doodad Farm for having me and including me. If you haven't been there to see a show, you're really missing out. You can read about the Doodad Farm and see what I looked like 10 days before having a baby lol HERE...
I will be playing my new album, Revival, in it's entirety at The ArtsCenter at Carrboro on Thursday, August 22. There will be special appearances by Al Strong, Shana Tucker, Gordon Hartin, Omar Ruiz-Lopez & Lizzy Ross from Violet Bell, Branden Williams, and an opening set by XOXOK. Here are the details:
Confession: The night I found out I was pregnant with Grace, I was terrified. B and I had only been married 4 months, I had just gotten out of my record deal and was preparing to go to LA to meet some new producers and planning my next career path. How was this pregnancy going to affect my dreams? Clearly nothing was ever going to be the same... Luckily for me, it wasn't.
Motherhood has changed me in ways that I am so grateful for. It's not everyone's journey but I am so thankful that it has been mine...