3 reasons to see Rissi Palmer perform in downtown Raleigh

Rissi Palmer. // Photo by Jimmy Bruch

Perhaps this lyric best explains singer Rissi Palmer’s sound: “When I need redemption/ A light in the dark/ I turn to Miss Cline and Mama Aretha/ To give me that spark.” It’s from “Soul in My Country,” a song she recorded with R&B singer Brian Owens.

You can see Rissi Palmer perform at the North Carolina Museum of History on Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m. Tickets are free and will be distributed first come, first serve starting at 2 p.m.

The show is sponsored by Pinecone – the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting and sharing traditional music of the Carolinas. The show will have an ASL interpreter.

Here are three reasons why you should be at Sunday’s concert.

1. Palmer fuses the best of soul and country

Palmer was born in Pittsburgh and lived there until age 12, but her Georgia native parents made sure she listened to artists from Johnny Cash to Chaka Khan. Palmer’s childhood was also shaped by her time spent in Georgia with family, which she sings about in her song “Summerville.” Watch the video below:

Her most recent album was praised for serving up soul with a side of twang, and she’s currently working on a new album for release this year, according to her website.

2. Palmer has already made history

Her 2007 single “Country Girl” made her the first African-American woman to get a country song on the charts since 1987. Since then, Palmer’s been writing songs and perfecting her sound. She’s been featured in Rolling Stone, and she’s performed at venues from the White House to the Grand Ole Opry. You can listen to some of her music here. Palmer has released three albums — her self-titled debut in 2007, “Best Day Ever” in 2013 and “The Back Porch Sessions” EP in 2015.

3. Palmer is out here representing Raleigh

She’s spent time everywhere from St. Louis to Nashville, but now Palmer lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughter. You can find her all over North Carolina this spring and summer, performing and teaching. Check out her website for her concerts and workshops.

Pinecone presents Rissi Palmer

Where: Daniels Auditorium, North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh
When: Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Free; first come, first serve starting at 2 p.m.
Learn more: Visit this page for information on this and other shows by Rissi Palmer.


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