Rissi Palmer

Since releasing her self-titled CD in October 2007, singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer has received widespread media attention, including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People Magazine, GIANT, New York Post, VIBE, CBS Saturday Early Show, Huffington Post, Extra, CNN, and many more. And with the release of her debut single, "Country Girl," Palmer made music history as the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987.

Rissi Palmer holds her guitar behind her head, partly visible over her right shoulder. Her dark, curly hair blows partly in front of her face; she is wearing a leather-textured jacket over a lacy white top.

Shape Note Sing Raleigh

Don't miss this free oppotunity to learn about this unique singing style right here in Raleigh. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the Shape Note Sing - beginners and experienced singers are all welcome. The chapel doesn't have an address, but if you Google 1091 Wake Forest Road, you will find it. There is free parking on both sides of Cedar St., as well as on Mordecai Dr. and Mimosa St. (And please note the start time - the sing starts at 1:50 p.m. to help accommodate the chapel's schedule.)

Men and women of various ages sit with books, some facing the camera, some in profile with their left shoulders toward the camera; singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

Another IBMA World of Bluegrass week has come and gone, but you can enjoy bluegrass in Raleigh all year long! The PineCone Bluegrass Jam at IMURJ in downtown Raleigh welcomes all musicians looking for opportunities to play bluegrass music and all fans who want to listen and share in the camaraderie! While the PineCone Bluegrass Jam welcomes musicians of all skill levels to participate, it is not a learning jam (often referred to as a “slow jam” in bluegrass circles).

Some musicians gathered in a circle at the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at Imurj in May 2017. Fiddle players, guitar players, a dobro player, mandolin players, and upright bass player share a tune.

Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam

PineCone is teaming up with The Blue Note Grill to host a monthly bluegrass/Americana/old time jam in Durham! The Piedmont region of North Carolina has a vibrant and varied music scene, which the combined bluegrass/old time/Americana jam taps into. This jam will meet on the third Saturday of every month. There is plenty of space in case musicians want to break out into different groups over the course of the afternoon. We hope that this combined jam will also provide opportunities for musicians to learn about and explore the similarities between these overlapping styles.

Musicians gathered in a circle at The Blue Note Grill; most seated, but three area standing: a man playing bass, a woman playing fiddle, and a man playing guitar. The Blue Note Grill banner is on the wall behind the musicians.

PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

The PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam is open to all musicians, and it is specifically for those who are learning the basics of bluegrass music and playing with other musicians. It is open to participants of all ages and abilities. This month, facilitator Jef Walter will lead the group in two new songs that include some minor chords: "Down the Road" (key of A) and the instrumental "St. Anne's Reel" (key of D).

Men and women of varying ages sit in a large circle on chairs or stools; Jef Walter stands with his bass. Two walls of guitars are visible behind the musicians, and there's a worn rug in the middle of the circle that the participants are seated around. Photo credit: Spencer Mobley

PineCone Youth Jam with Jef Walter & Julie Elkins

The PineCone Youth Jam at Marbles is back this fall! In addition to learning some techniques and skills specific to playing this month’s featured tune, “Old Joe Clark,” participants jam together on a variety of other songs, too.

Facilitator Jef Walter typically leads a few songs to get the jam started, then goes around the circle to give particpants a chance to choose a song they’d like to play. Participants are also encouraged to bring a prepared song to sing and/or play with the group, but this is not required for participation.

A group of female and male students sit in a circle in a room at Marbles Kids Museum playing fiddles and guitars; facilitator Jef Walter stands to play his guitar in the circle with the students; a few parents and others look on from outside the circle of young musicians.

Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass

The Bluegrass Situation and PineCone present the second annual “Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass,” which will take place during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass business conference.

Five members of The Ebony Hillbillies (four men and one woman), some standing, some seated, with an old plane and an old fashioned car in the background. Three of the men have instruments: 1 a banjo, 1 a fiddle, and 1 a washboard.

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass - Saturday, Sept. 30

Single-day and two-day tickets are still available for the Wide Open Bluegrass Main Stage, where you can hear The Infamous Stringdusters with Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann (of Yonder Mountain String Band); the Steep Canyon Rangers with Steve Martin

Illustration of Sir Walter Raleigh playing a banjo. PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 29-30, 2017 (IBMA logo in upper right corner.) 2017 World of Bluegrass' Weekend Festival. Main Stage; Downtown Raleigh; StreetFest

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

Start your IBMA World of Bluegrass week a little early at a special PineCone Bluegrass Jam at IMURJ in downtown Raleigh. This month will feature a shortened jam, followed by performances by GrassStreet (9-9:45 p.m.) and Alan Barnosky (10-10:45 p.m.).

Some musicians gathered in a circle at the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at Imurj in May 2017. Fiddle players, guitar players, a dobro player, mandolin players, and upright bass player share a tune.

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