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Rock Picks, July 10: Rissi Palmer at The Shed in Durham

Rissi Palmer’s new mini-album, “The Back Porch Sessions,” is an easy-on-the-ears set that is both beautifully sung and hard to categorize. Palmer plays Friday at The Shed in Durham.
Rissi Palmer’s new mini-album, “The Back Porch Sessions,” is an easy-on-the-ears set that is both beautifully sung and hard to categorize. Palmer plays Friday at The Shed in Durham. rissipalmermusic.com

In the hyper-focused niche marketplace of popular music nowadays, straddling more than one style seems like a nervy commercial move. But credit singer Rissi Palmer, a Pennsylvania native who now calls the Triangle home, for having the nerve as well as the voice to pull that off. Palmer has had Billboard country-chart hits in the past (the rare African-American woman to accomplish that feat), and her new five-track mini-album “The Back Porch Sessions” is another easy-on-the-ears set that is both beautifully sung and hard to categorize.

So expect a little of everything Friday at The Shed in Durham, when Palmer will perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. and cover is $10. See shedjazz.com for details.

Other highlights

▪ Friday also brings the first Warehouse Blues Series show of this summer to Durham Central Park with Mel Melton’s Wicked Mojos, as well as the great and venerable Leon Russell to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.

▪ The not-quite-as-great (nor venerable) Kid Rock plays Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Saturday, the same night the “3 Davids” (Wilcox, Holt and LaMotte) play Cary Arts Center and Paris Combo is at the N.C. Museum of Art.

▪ The great London R&B duo Floetry is back together and sings at Durham Performing Arts Center Sunday, the same night that forever-young Steve Forbert plays Cat’s Cradle Back Room.

▪ And Punch Brothers, led by future “A Prairie Home Companion” host Chris Thile, play the N.C. Museum of Art on Thursday.

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