Rissi Palmer

Rissi Palmer

Jo Gore & the Alternative

Sun, August 17, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$8 online / $10 at the door

Rissi Palmer
Rissi Palmer
For fans of: Wynonna, Phoebe Snow, and Patty Griffin

The 6 years since releasing her country/pop self-titled debut have been busy for Rissi Palmer. She was the first black woman on the Billboard Country Charts in 21 years with her first single “Country Girl”, has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Vibe, and Country Weekly, sung at venues from the White House and CBS morning show to several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage. She subsequently released two more singles, “Hold On to Me” and “No Air”, both charting on the Billboard Country Charts and made an EP that was distributed by Starbucks.



Now an independent artist, Palmer has gotten married, had a child, wrote and recorded a critically acclaimed fan-favorite children’s album called Best Day Ever, and has now begun work on the follow up project to her 2007 debut. The album, which she describes as a “mixture of the country and soul music I grew up listening to”, is slated for a 2014 release.
Jo Gore & the Alternative
Jo Gore & the Alternative
Jo Gore and The Alternative is a Rock/R&B/Jazz jam band from the NC Triangle. Band members include: Jo Gore (vocals), Bakru Hunsel (drums), Weldon Kollock (trombone), Bo Lankenau (Acoustic Guitar/Harmonica/Songwriter), Kip Perry (Acoustic and Electric Bass), and Chip Newton (electric guitar). The band has opened for Buddy Guy (September 2011), Al Green (September 2012), Robert Randolph (May 2013), Tommy Emmanuel (June 2013).


Their second album, The Herstory of "Josephine Gore/Return of the Articulate Kinsman Vol.1" was released on September 20th 2012 at The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro.



Josephine Gore spent a good portion of her childhood singing at Spring Hill Baptist, located in Columbus County, NC. Jo’s father, A.K. Gore was the church pianist, and the two would play and sing throughout the region.
“There was plenty of soul, field hollerin, spirituals, call-and-response,…people sung and played by ear. Noone fell asleep.”
Jo has developed a style that borrows from early gospel rock and rollers and soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Mahaila Jackson, and Al Green.
Her heavy vibrato, improvisation, and interpretation of melody is quite reminiscent of the great jazz stylists of the 50’s and 60’s. “It’s no secret that I have tried to pattern myself after Sarah Vaughan. She had such an amazing vocal range and such beautiful vibrato. I worship this woman.”


Guitarist Chip Newton is from Bluefield, Va. He began playing guitar in 1988 and plays a wide variety of styles that include jazz, rock and blues. He teaches guitar and jazz improvisation at Elon University and toured internationally with the Regent and Princess orchestras for three summers. His influences include diverse musicians such as Wes Montgomery, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Django Reinhardt.
Newton first heard Jo Gore perform at jam sessions at The Know Bookstore in Durham. He said he has enjoyed playing in her band and being a part of her electrifying stage shows.


Kip Perry has been playing musical instruments in the church choir and grade school bands since age 8. He was heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, James Jamerson, Ron Carter, Larry Graham and Stanley Clarke. He met Gore at a sit-in function sponsored by a restaurant.
“Having the opportunity to work with Jo has allowed for a diverse musical experience,” said Perry. “I have had opportunities to play straight ahead jazz, gospel, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and funk genres of music. It has been the diversity of musical styles that has been most enjoyable to me.”


Weldon Kollock of Durham started playing trombone at age 11 and received advanced musical training from master jazz keyboardist Elmer Gibson and Brother Yusef Selim. He has played the past three years with music instructors Bill Stevens and Chip Crawford who were regulars at The Know Bookstore, where he also met Jo Gore, Bakru Hunsel and Kip Perry.
“Jo Gore uses a broad range of musical styles with deep roots, from down home gospel to jazz and anything outside or between,” Kollock said. “Her music is enjoyable and not confining; that’s why I am here. Hope to hear lots from her.”


Bakru Hunsel answered the call of the drum early in life, banging on pots and pans in his mother’s kitchen in Paramaribo, Suriname. Since moving to Raleigh in 1999, he has had the privilege to play with and learn from North Carolina artists Freddy “Sreetgenie” Greene and Yara Allen, Durham’s jazz legend Brother Yusuf Salim, Freeman “Doc” Ledbetter, Rosa Russ, Raleigh’s ELM Collective, Jim Crew and Bryan McCune.
Hunsel said he first observed Bo Lankenau at the dawn of the new millennium in a club, hunched over his guitar doing the “Bo thing.” He met Josephine Gore at the Friday night “Jazz at The Know Bookstore” jam sessions in Durham, “presenting herself as a young lady insisting to sing the blues.”
“The Jo Gore and the Alternative experience has been and continues to be an interesting musical trip with fascinating characters, both on and off the stage,” Hunsel said. “With her ongoing evolving musical talent, relentless persistence and hard work, Jo Gore is well on her way to reaching her dream of one day ‘dancing on that purple rainbow in the sky.’”


Bo Lankenau is a self-taught musician who grew up in Chappaqua, N. Y. listening to and being inspired by the classic blues, soul, rock, jazz and folk music of the 50s and 60s.
“I met Jo through a mutual friend and was immediately drawn to her eclectic jazz/soul/gospel stylings and deep understanding of the jazz tradition,” Lankenau said.
Together he and Gore have played hundreds of shows in and around the Triangle and have opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Betty Lavette — and soon Al Green — at such well known venues as the Durham Performing Arts, Koka Booth Amphitheatre and The Cat’s Cradle.​
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/