Rissi Palmer says, ‘You don’t have to be from the South to be a country girl’

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Rolling out had the chance to speak with and record Rissi Palmer live in concert at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC and conduct an interview and performance in a Brooklyn media studio.


Rissi Palmer is an engaging and friendly personality when you get a chance to speak with and meet her. When she landed in NYC, her first message to me via Facebook was that she and her husband would be happy to meet me and have drinks together.

Rissi Palmer (Photo by Raymond Hagans for Steed Media Service)

Palmer’s music has that same personality. Her lyrics are very personal. Not only does she have a great voice, but her lyrics reach you and have an emotional effect on her listeners.


Palmer performed an eight-song set to an intimate crowd at Rockwood Music Hall. She sang her signature song “Country Girl,” in which she sets the record straight: “You don’t have to be a Georgia peach from Savannah Beach to say/From Arkansas to appreciate a Southern drawl/Don’t need no kin from West Virginia to have it in ya/Show the world you’re a country girl.”

Palmer said she wrote “Country Girl” halfway through recording her debut album, Rissi Palmer (2007-2008), because she felt she needed a song that defined who she was. The Pittsburgh-born/St. Louis-bred singer told Country Music Weekly that the song is “about how you don’t have to be from the South to be a country girl. It’s a set of values and morals you grow up with.”

Rissi Palmer (Photo by Raymond Hagans for Steed Media Service)

As part of rolling out’s series of interviews and live performances by lesser known artists, we present Palmer singing four songs. Also check for our recently posted interview with Palmer. –raymond hagans

Visit Rissi Palmer’s website for her newly released three-song Christmas EP, and to find out more information about her: www.rissipalmermusic.com

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