Singing on the Land Celebrates Stories of Historic Sites Across North Carolina Through Music

September 30, 2020
Rissi Palmer at Bentonville Battlefied
Lakota John at Town Creek Indian Mound
Jimmy Vipperman at Horne Creek Farm
Arnold Richardson and Netye Lynch at Historic Halifax


Explore the whole Singing on the Land playlist on YouTube.

From Historic Halifax in the east to Horne Creek Farm in the west, many state historic sites will be backdrops for Singing on the Land, a new virtual music project highlighting treasured North Carolina landmarks through the voices of our state's musicians.

Developed by North Carolina State Historic Sites and Properties in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and Come Hear NC, each installment of the series highlights one of North Carolina’s 27 state designated historic sites. 

Debuting Sept. 30, the nine-week series will offer a new release every week on Wednesdays throughout the fall.

“With ‘Singing on the Land’ we stitch together the power of place with history and music, through the extraordinary artistry of North Carolina musicians," said Michelle Lanier, director of the N.C. Division of State Historic Sites. “These virtual events amplify our diverse voices and allow for a powerful reflection of community, providing a much-needed source of solace and connection."

Country-soul singer Rissi Palmer with James Gilmore on guitar will premiere the series at Bentonville Battlefield. Raised in a musical family that loved both country and R&B, Palmer released her debut album in 2007 with the single “Country Girl,” which hit No. 54 on the Billboard Hot Country charts, making her the first African-American woman to chart in country music since Dona Mason in 1987. 

Each episode of Singing on the Land will feature a single song acoustic performance paired with short interviews and environmental footage of the site’s landscape and landmarks. Singing on the Land received fiscal sponsorship from the The Friends of Town Creek Indian Mound and funding from the Orton Foundation.

Explore the whole series over on North Carolina Historic Sites' page

Series Schedule 

Sept. 30, Country-soul singer Rissi Palmer with James Gilmore on guitar at Bentonville Battlefield

Oct. 7, Blues musician Lakota John at Town Creek Indian Mound  

Oct. 14, Surry County traditional musician Jimmy Vipperman at Horne Creek Farm 

Oct. 21, N.C. Heritage Award Recipient Arnold Richardson with Netye Lynch at Historic Halifax

Oct. 28, Trombonist Bill Amey, guitarist Kennedy Atkinson, and vocalist Nicole Sibalo Chagwiza at Historic Stagville

Nov. 4, Soprano Andrea Edith Moore and cellist Shana Tucker at Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson

Nov. 11, Bagpipe player Taylor McCullen at Alamance Battleground

Nov. 18, Soprano Carly Prentis Jones at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

Nov. 25, Kora player Teli Shabu at Somerset Place