After thirteen years as a very independent artist performing in various styles and bands around Nashville, Margo Price became an ‘overnight success’ when Jack White discovered her and signed her to his Third Man Records label. Now, just a couple of years later, she is one of the headline artists of the Americana genre, having shared the stage with legends such as Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, an appearance on Saturday Night Live and upcoming shows at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Hollywood Bowl and Farm Aid – a festival founded by Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellancamp.
Price begins her tour at Caravan Music Club on Wednesday 10th October, and again in Melbourne at The Thornbury Theatre on Friday 12th October, before playing in Sydney at The Factory Theatre on Tuesday 16th October as well as being the headline act at the Out On The Weekend festival in Melbourne.
Originally from Aledo, Illinois, Price – who got her first guitar at the age of eight – dropped out of college at the age of 20 and moved to Nashville back in 2003. There was a family connection there: her great-uncle Bobby Fischer was a veteran songwriter best known for co-write on Reba McEntire’s ‘You Lie.’ Over the next decade Price pursued her song writing as she worked a variety of jobs, from waitressing to teaching dance to labouring. She also married bass player Jeremy Ivey and they started a band. They drifted to Boulder, Colorado and back. Price went through some heavy personal problems, including some drinking, and found herself in jail for three days.
Then things changed. Price pulled herself out of the spiral and sold her car and wedding ring to record her debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis. Jack White heard the album and released it as the very first country album on his Third Man Records label. It had critics raving. The Austin Chronicle noted that she sang ‘with a candidness rarely heard on modern country radio.’ Rolling Stone called one of the songs, ‘About To Find Out’ “a Loretta Lynn-styled can of whoopass.”
“I think I got pegged as a country singer right off the bat,” Price told Rhythms magazine, “because that’s how everybody found me. It’s true. But, for so long I wanted to be a soul singer. I love all different types of music. I love folk music. I love the blues. I love psychedelic rock and roll.” Price’s follow-up, All American Made, released late last year, is even more impressive. It broadens the musical palette without losing that fiery spirit. The Guardian called it ‘another beguiling album.’ Price stands alongside the new wave of Americana artists such as Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton who are revitalising country music; don’t miss her Australian debut.
“A bonafide star” – Rolling Stone
“A penetrating new voice, drawing on her own heart-rending tribulations” – The Guardian
“Price is one performer who’ll never need to be nagged to “step up.” – Variety
|10/10/18||Oakleigh, VIC||Caravan Music Club|
With Courtney Marie Andrews
Tickets via Caravan Music Club
|12/10/18||Melbourne, VIC||Thornbury Theatre|
With Mick Thomas
Tickets via Thornbury Theatre
|13/10/18||Williamstown, VIC||Out on the Weekend (Seaworks)|
Tickets via Out On The Weekend
|16/10/18||Sydney, NSW||Factory Theatre|
With Courtney Marie Andrews
Tickets via Factory Theatre