Two of country music’s rising stars, Rissi Palmer and Miko Marks, will embark on a co-headlining acoustic tour that will kick off in Washington, D.C., May 3 at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Series and wind down May 18 at City Winery in Nashville.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 18, and can be purchased at both artist’s websites.
Each concert will feature special acoustic performances from both Palmer and Marks as well as performances together as a duo, including their yet-to-be-released track, “I’m Still Here,” which they performed together on the Grand Ole Opry stage on August 12, 2022, and a month following at this year’s AmericanaFest, with standing ovations.
Earlier this year, Palmer toured with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and has appeared at the CMT Next Women of Country show at City Winery in Nashville, as well as having festival looks at the Earl Scruggs Music Festival and MerleFest.
While Palmer and Marks have been drawing well-deserved praise for their work in recent years, they’ve actually been part of the Nashville scene for some time – Palmer releasing her debut album in 2007 and Marks in 2005.
Their friendship has blossomed throughout the years as Black women in country music working to combat racism in the space, with Palmer launching her Apple Music radio show, “Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer” in 2020, giving a voice for country artists of color and those who have been marginalized in mainstream country music, and Marks returning from a hiatus of recording music in 2021, with her first album in 13 years, Our Country (March 2021).
“Miko has been an inspiration and a friend for a long time,” says Palmer. “Her talent is second to none and it’s an honor to be sharing a stage with her. The audience can expect a lot of laughter, lots of good, new music, stories, and a great show!”
“Working with Rissi on tour is definitely one of the highlights of my journey in music,” Marks adds. “I have always loved her music and now I get to be on tour with her. We have grown to be close friends over the years and this moment has been a long time coming.”
Palmer’s most recent album, Revival, was released in 2019 and has been critically hailed as her most personal and uplifting work to date. She continues to be a passionate voice for marginalized artists and country artists of color, shining a light on their music and stories with her radio show, “Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer” on Apple Music Country.
Marks released her new album, Feel Like Going Home, on October 14, 2022, making her Grand Ole Opry debut that same night.
In January, Marks was named to CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2022 and by April, she stood alongside five other artists and managers chosen to participate in the inaugural Equal Access Development Program, a program designed by mtheory and CMT to foster and support marginalized communities underrepresented in the genre of country music.
U.S. TOUR DATES
May 3 / Washington, DC / Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Series
May 4 / Old Saybrook, CT / The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center
May 5 / Brownfield, ME / Stone Mountain Arts Center
May 6 / Boston, MA / City Winery Haymarket
May 7 / New York, NY / City Winery – The Loft
May 10 / Philadelphia, PA / World Cafe Live
May 11 / Durham, NC / The Pinhook
May 13 / Atlanta, GA / Eddie’s Attic
May 18 / Nashville, TN / City Winery