First Listen: Country/Soul singer Rissi Palmer gives “Sweet Lovin’”

Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer may be seen by some as an anomaly, an artist whose music is an interesting mixture of soul and country. But as we’ve written about before, the two genres have much more in common than some folks think. Storytelling and a keen sense of melody spell the best of both genres, and Rissi has plenty of both in her music.

She received much attention for 2007 debut, making her a pioneer as an African-American woman on the country charts. 

More recently, Rissi moved from Nashville to North Carolina, married, and gave birth to her daughter.  And she’s getting ready to release a new album, The Back Porch Sessions, this month.

Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer may be seen by some as an anomaly, an artist whose music is an interesting mixture of soul and country. But as we’ve written about before, the two genres have much more in common than some folks think. Storytelling and a keen sense of melody spell the best of both genres, and Rissi has plenty of both in her music.

She received much attention for 2007 debut, making her a pioneer as an African-American woman on the country charts. 

More recently, Rissi moved from Nashville to North Carolina, married, and gave birth to her daughter.  And she’s getting ready to release a new album, The Back Porch Sessions, this month.

The new 5-song EP features all original songs, which Rissi had a hand in writing. It's also one that has both of her Grammy winning producers/songwriters, Drew Ramsey (India.Arie, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang) and Shannon Sanders (Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett, India.Arie), singing her praises.

The first single from the album is a gem. “Sweet Sweet Lovin’” is a bouncy number that should appeal to both soul and country fans. Says Rissi about the song, “After being gone for 5 years I wanted to come back with something that was 100% Rissi. This was the first song we (Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders, and I) wrote in the studio. ‘Sweet Sweet Lovin’ is not only my favorite on the EP but the song I think best represents my sound and the overall feel of this project, which is why we chose it to be the first thing anyone heard. It's a combination of country, soul, and pop - southern soul.  Plus it's got that "roll your windows down and sing along out loud" vibe. It's hard not to dance or smile when you hear it."

Well, we’re smiling right now. So check out “Sweet Sweet Lovin’” and tell us what you think of the fabulous Rissi Palmer

Rissi Palmer – “Sweet Sweet Lovin"

 

 

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