Margo Price is one of Nashville’s biggest stars with only two albums in. The 33 yo hailing from Aledo, Illinois has been doing all kinds of jobs in Nashville before entering the music industry. There she appeared on Rolling Stone’s list Artists you need to know in country 2014. In 2016 she released her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, already one of my favourite albums of last year, then in late October All American Made.
She performs a lovely duet with the legendary Mr Willie Nelson playing Learning To Lose
On the day before the day before the new year
The snow is falling on my prairie home
I’m so far away from where I started
But no closer to where I belong
How many trails have I gone down for no reason
Just to learn that I can’t leave myself behind
And the only devil I’ve ever seen was in the mirror
And the only enemy I know is in my mind
The album starts with a speedy country rock number called Don’t Say It. Reminding me of Linda Ronstadt whose records I loved in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Price avoids sounding industrial, she is authentic and real. Cocaine Cowboys reads to me as a song about phoney country musicians coming from New York, L.A. or Seattle: You can’t write a song with nothing to say.
“America, in Margo Price’s country music, is not majestic, sprawling, or inviting. It’s broken. It’s oppressive. It’s stolen. Her second album, All American Made, plays out like a realist, modern Western film, offering a stark survey of a country whose “cowboys” are city-dwelling music industry vampires; whose farms are bankrupt and acquired by corporate overlords; whose citizens are treated like dirt because of their gender. ” (Pitchfork)
Wild women is a song about women (like her) who go on the road to play their music:
“There’s a definite double standard, but I think if you’re out there long enough, you stop giving any fucks and you just want to call it out. I get asked questions in interviews that no man would be asked, and if I’m assertive about what I want for me and my band, I get called a ‘diva.’ That song is really about the judgment I get from people who act like women shouldn’t be out on the road. Girls should be encouraged to follow their careers and their dreams just as much as men.”
If you’re into intelligent country music, alt-country or Americana, you can’t miss Margo Price’s second album. If she’s in your town, get a ticket and go see her.