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Rissi Palmer Makes History

Rissi Palmer has become the first African-American woman to appear on the Billboard country singles chart in 20 years.

The St. Louis native’s “Country Girl” single entered the chart this week at No. 58. The last African-American female to appear on the list was Dona Mason, whose "Green Eyes (Cryin' Those Blue Tears)," recorded with Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, reached No. 62 in 1987. “Country Girl” is available now at iTunes, and will be included on Rissi’s self-titled debut album, due Oct. 23.

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