Rissi Palmer - Self-Titled
Album Review By: Jim
Weaver, CSO Editor In Chief
hate to say "I told you so"... wait a minute, no I don't!
I told you so!
(Insert Maniacal Laugh Here)
Rissi Palmer is a
star, and she more than proves it in her self-titled debut album
release. Twelve songs, eight of which are co-written by Palmer.
That guitar isn't there for looks, she knows what to do with it.
she's not a star yet, but Palmer has made great strides this past
year in moving that-a-way. In my beginning of 2007 article titled
The Verge," I pointed out that "whatever barriers
have been in her way toward success in country music, they need to
be ripped away so she can take center stage where she belongs".
2007 was the year that really began that process with her. Anyone
in Nashville can tell you there's "virtually" no such
thing as an overnight success, most every artist has to slog their
way to a big label deal before big things start to happen. Thanks to
the Internet that's changing and Palmer is living proof.
Palmer's debut CD
was released late in October but due to a mixup, we didn't receive
our review copy until December. I mention this to apologize to our
readers and Rissi's fans for being so late. On the other hand,
it's a great way to kick off the new year with a great new artist
that you need to hear, if you haven't yet.
What a pure and
sweet country voice Palmer has, I received a pair of those fancy
noise-canceling headphones for Christmas, so who was my first
choice to listen to with them... you guessed it. It's amazing what
you can hear when the background noise is utterly gone. This may
not be a good thing for some, but for Rissi, it simply enhanced my
listening experience, and reinforced my love for her voice and
The first single
released to radio was "Country Girl", an upbeat and fun
song which she co-wrote and performs extremely well, it wouldn't
have been my choice were it mine to make though. It's like someone
at the label was trying to prove she was country, when all you
have to do is listen and you can hear it. Palmer's real strength
is in the emotion she bleeds into her performance of ballads like
"Hold On To Me", "Anybody Out There,"
"Hurt Don't Know When To Quit" and "Love You Like A
Palmer appeared on
the Grand Ole Opry at least twice this past year, has done tons of
radio interviews and if I have my way will be interviewed here
soon as well. The video for "Country Girl" has been
featured on CMT and GAC, she's gotten some pretty good airplay
from country radio and been featured in Starbucks stores. This is a talent that country radio needs to
be paying a lot more attention to and playing and you need to be
buying, in my humble opinion. (Big Grin)
Keep going Rissi,
your time for stardom is almost here.
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