Rissi Palmer + Martha Bassett
Rissi Palmer + Martha Bassett
Saturday, July 15, 7 p.m.
Adults $20, children 12 & younger free of charge
Rissi Palmer’s gift lies in reaching across all musical boundaries. While she made her mark in country music, she is equally at home in R&B music, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.”
The daughter of Georgia natives, Rissi was born near Pittsburgh, Pa., and spent her adolescent years in St. Louis, Mo. In 2007, she released her debut album Rissi Palmer, charting singles, “Country Girl,” “Hold On To Me,” and “No Air.” Her most recent album, Revival, was released in 2019, and has been critically hailed as her most personal and uplifting work to date.
As a passionate voice for country artists of color and those who have been marginalized in mainstream country music, Palmer has helped shift the musical landscape in a positive direction and has given underrepresented communities a voice. She launched her radio show Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer on Apple Music Country in 2020, treating listeners to in-depth conversations with artists of color, including Brittney Spencer, Cam, Chapel Hart, Crystal Shawanda, Maren Morris, Miko Marks, The War and Treaty, Darius Rucker and Mickey Guyton, and author/journalist Andrea Williams.
A few highlights throughout her musical career include performances at The White House, New York’s Lincoln Center and multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. She has toured extensively across the country, sharing stages with Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Chris Young, Charley Crockett, and most recently with Miko Marks.
Martha Bassett a native of West Virginia and now based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has a beautiful alto-voice that radiates as she performs in a wide array of musical genres, including jazz, folk and country gospel. As a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, her solid stage presence captivates audiences as though she is singing directly to them. Bassett’s past performances have included Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, and concert venues throughout the region. She is also host to the Martha Bassett Show, a popular monthly radio show where she serves as band leader and curator, playing her own music and collaborating with guests.
ADDITIONAL CONCERT DETAILS
Gates open to ticket holders at 5:45 p.m. Season pass holders are allowed into the amphitheater 15 minutes early, at 5:30 p.m.
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. You may bring a coolers or picnic basket, but no alcohol please.
Concerts are held rain or shine, and it can be cool in the mountains when the sun goes down, so bring a raincoat, poncho or umbrella, and a sweater or jacket.
Please note that advance ticket purchases are nonrefundable.
For more information, view our concert FAQs
SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDEES
The Roots of American Music concert series is held in the Blue Ridge Music Center’s spacious outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
To make the experience as safe as possible, please stay at home if you have a fever, cough, aches and pains, loss of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, or are sneezing and coughing.
Concert attendees are asked to maintain six feet of distance between groups throughout the evening, including when standing in line and selecting seating locations in the amphitheater.