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Holler Country profiles Rissi Palmer and Color Me Country Radio 

"Since Color Me Country has been on air, Rissi Palmer has quickly become a leader in the conversation pushing for more equity and inclusion in country music. Ahead of her stage takeover at The Long Road Fest we spoke to Rissi, Madeline Edwards, Chapel Hart Band, and Miko Marks about the work the show is doing for Black, Indigenous and other artists of color" - Matt Wickstrom

You can read the article HERE

Check out Rissi's op-ed for The Grio.com about the CMA's ban on the Confederate flag 

Thank you to the Grio for offering their platform. It was really beautiful to watch all the artists I’ve had on Color Me Country and Black Opry have a presence at CMA Fest this year. This was something I couldn’t have fathomed when I played my first fest in 2008. Next sentence… it’s time to go deeper. Click HERE to read the rest of my thoughts. 

15 Country Songs by women that everyone should know - curated by Marissa R. Moss in support of her new book, Her Country 

After a decade immersed in Nashville's country music scene, Marissa R. Moss has seen firsthand how pervasive gender inequalities affect female artists from all corners of the genre. Now, she's helping take control of the narrative — literally — with her new book, Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be. 

Moss follows the trajectories of Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton as touch points for country's current climate, as all three have navigated the choppy waters of radio bias and helped broaden the genre's limitations. 

Rissi is among several artists interviewed for this book. Check out Marissa's playlist HERE and get your copy of the book HERE

Rissi joins Christone "Kingfish" Ingram for the 662 Juke Joint Tour! 

GRAMMY-nominated blues artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram today announces a stellar lineup of supporting acts for his upcoming tour Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Presents 662: Juke Joint Live, including genre-trailblazing singer-songwriters Rissi Palmer, Camille Parker, and Maggie Rose. Full list of dates with specified opening acts is below. 

“I’m very excited to have these four incredible musicians join me for ‘662 Juke Joint Live.’ I have listened to their music and followed their success for some time now,” says Kingfish. “I think each of us have expanded the definition of our respective genres and we have been fortunate to receive support from the Americana music community. I’m quite confident fans will really enjoy what we will bring to the live stage.” 

This tour, a partnership with Nashville-based Outback Presents, will take the 22-year-old Grammy-nominated guitarist, vocalist and songwriter across the country with dates beginning March 2022 and going through May. Rissi Palmer, Camille Parker, and Maggie Rose will join him as opening acts at various cities and venues around the country, including the Apollo Theater in New York City, ACL Live at Moody Theater in Austin, Symphony Hall in Atlanta, and the Ace Theater in Los Angeles. Click HERE to get your tickets.

NPR's The Best Music of 2021: How Black women reclaimed country and Americana music in 2021 

To see it all together is really something. I'm crying reading this, thank you for the acknowledgement and the reminder to keep fighting. My sisters showed out this year. Thank you Andrea Williams, Ann K. Powers, Jewly Hight, and Marcus K. Dowling. And this damn list of artists is like something out of my favorite playlist. To be named alongside these extraordinary women is unreal, read the whole thing HERE

Rissi Palmer among 2022 Grammy Nominees!!! 

"Rissi Palmer (also) received nominations in the Best Children's Music Album category for her contributions on two of the category's five nominated albums: the 1 Tribe Collective album All One Tribe, on which she performed her song “Little Black Girl, Little Black Boy," and the 123 Andres album Activate, on which she sings on the duet “I Just Can’t Sit Down.” - Sarah Edwards, INDY Week 

BBC News presents Changing Country Music documentary 

Of Billboard’s 2019 top 50 country artists, only one was black. Four were women. None of them were black women. Now, with country music under the spotlight as it never has been before, is it finally moving beyond its white, male image? 

Americana-folk singer Lady Nade explores the roots of country and Americana and its debt to black music, and reflects on her own place in a genre that is only now starting to confront its history. You can hear the full documentary HERE

Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer named Best New Podcast by The Nashville Scene!!! 

Ron Wynn has been a friend, an ally, and someone I respect for years, since my beginning in Nashville. That’s what makes this honor so much grander for me. Thank you to Ron and to the Nashville Scene for honoring Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer, I’m so grateful. You can check out the entire piece HERE.

The Tennessean presents Hallowed Sound, including an essay by Rissi Palmer 

Thank you so much to the Tennessean, especially Matthew Leimkuehler, for asking me to reflect on the last year in Country music. Hallowed Sounds includes pieces from Mickey Guyton, Allison Russell, Willie Jones, Darius Rucker, and more. I'm honored to be included in those voices. You can read the essay in full HERE

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. 

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