Rissi Palmer hosts event, reminds Nashville of the Black women country music left behind

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Andrea Williams
June 21, 2024
Nashville Tennessean
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Falls isn’t the only Black female country artist to have suffered a similar fate. Rissi Palmer, an industry advocate and host of Apple Radio’s Color Me Country Radio, learned this the hard way while producing a show to coincide with the release of Beyoncé’s "Cowboy Carter." “I felt like so much of the attention was on the album itself,” Palmer says, “but I just wanted to remind people that a Black woman wanting to do country music is not new, and I wanted to make sure we acknowledge those artists.”

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A joyful Rissi Palmer African American female singer performs on stage, holding a microphone. She is wearing a floral-patterned shirt and large hoop earrings, with a background softly blurred and lit by stage lights.
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