Margo Price has not had an easy life, but her struggles – losing the family farm when she was a child, tragically losing a child later in life, encounters with the law – have proven rich inspiration for her music, which falls in the great country tradition of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and more.
‘Tennessee Song’, which rings with a nostalgic longing to return to the simplicity of old fashioned country life, is one of the most engaging tracks on her debut album, ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’, and the track she chose for the NME Basement Sessions. In this recording, only guitar and piano are necessary to send the listener straight back to the Nashville bars that the Illinois girl cut her teeth in.
The album, released in April on Jack White’s Third Man Records, was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, after repeat invitations from the engineer, Matt Ross-Spang. She had to sell her car and pawn her possessions to pay for the recording sessions, but ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’ resonates with honesty in its descriptions of Price’s life. Over a decade after she dropped out of college to move to Nashville and pursue music, Price’s debut has made her a fascinating and energetic figure on the country music scene. She ain’t no ‘World’s Greatest Loser’.
Her new single, ‘Four Years of Chances’, will be released on the 19th August.
See her UK Dates below:
Bristol, The Exchange (28 August)
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (29 August)
Manchester, Deaf Institute (30 August)
London, Scala (1 September)
Dorset, End of the Road Festival (2 September)