The audience was a mixture of cowboys in their black hats and plaid shirts, women in their skirts and expensive cowboy boots, and hipsters with their beards and lack of hygiene. They were gathered there to witness an artist who not only performs Country Music, but also lives Country Music.
|Margo Price - all photos by the Rock |
and Roll Princess
Broke and desperate, long time Nashville musician Margo Price sold her car and wedding ring to make an album at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee (where Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley recorded their first hits). After being turned down by numerous labels, Jack White (my lord and savior) signed her to his label Third Man Records. Being the label's first Country Artist, people took notice. Price appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, and Prairie Home Companion. She has been hitting the road playing small venues between performing with musical legends like Willie Nelson and John Prine.
Every member of her band is so talented each of them could headline their own show (okay, the drummer's show might be awkward). After the band's instrumental build-up, Price took the stage and had the audience captivated instantly. She sounds like a cross between Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton mixed with a rock and roll attitude.
|Margo Price and her amazing band|
|Jeremy Ivey and Margo Price|
A sad tale about her time spent at the Davidson Country Jail introduced the song Weekender. The moral of the story was to avoid drinking and driving especially if the result is hitting a telephone pole in front of police officers.
The opener William Tyler joined them for their final song Rodney Crowell's I Ain't Living Long Like This. With Price's authentic talent and her band's excellent musicianship, they ain't going to play small venues like this much longer.
See you at the next show. I'll be the one just listening to Country Music. Not living Country Music.