Margo Price has had a hell of a year. She’s been on Conan, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and Prairie Home Companion. Yes, the longtime fixture of the East Nashville music scene is finally making it mainstream, thanks to a record deal with Jack White’s Nashville-based label. And she’s coming to The State Room on Saturday night.
It’s been said that the most daring thing one can do in country music right now is to actually play country music. If that’s the case, Price is daring to the core. The title of her debut album alone harkens to country music royalty—Midwest Farmer’s Daughter—it’s just steps (and miles) from Loretta Lynn’s coal mining kin. Her self-penned songs are biographical and lyrically raw. She pulls from the pain of her father literally losing the farm, sleeping with a married man, losing a child and turning to the bottle—and that’s just one song. Even better—all of the hard-luck stories are set to the tune of throwback honky tonk with just a touch of old timey gospel.
Price’s bona fides are no longer in question and neither is her forward trajectory. If you want to see this rising star in the intimacy of The State Room this will probably be your only chance. There are much bigger venues in this rising star’s future.
Margo Price plays The State Room Saturday, October 22. Doors are at 8, the show starts at 9. Tickets still available here.