Margo Price

Photo Credit: Ramon Felix

I often get asked how the hell did you get your wife to marry you? I clearly outkicked the coverage when marrying my wife. I’m not suggesting that’s the case with Jeremy Ivey and Margo Price. But I can empathize with him as steps out of the proverbial shadows to release his solo debut LP.

Any thought that he was riding the coattails of his wife’s career will go right out the window after one spin of his debut. Ivey certainly knows his way around a melody, write great lyrics and has the vocal chops to put those lyrics to great affect. At the age of 41, Ivey has a warm weathered voice that feels good pumping into your earholes.

Inspired by Dylan, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen, Ivey’s nine tracks fit the bill for a later afternoon in the backyard. The album opens with Diamonds Back to Coal, sort of a call to arms on what we’re doing to our land. Ivey’s voice is almost pleading at points, which feels apt with our current state. Margo, who produced the album, joins her hubby for a lovely duet on Greyhound. The road weary tune kicks off a Shovels & Rope feel to it. The album closes on the lovely title track, a piano driven track that takes you home.

Ivey is touring with Ian Noe, him of his own excellent solo LP. That’s a show worth seeing.

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“Wait, who’s this again,” seems to be a common response when you play someone her music. Unfairly labeled as the female savior for real twang, most people throw out country’s classic female artists when they hear a few tunes. But the most interesting one I heard was, “sounds like what Waylon would sound like if he was a woman.” Whatever name you feel like drumming up in comparison, one thing is for sure – Margo Price is the real deal.

The opening track on her debut, Hands of Time, is an autobiographical tune that tells her story. I’ve listened to this tune dozens of time and its a weeper, complete with strings that pull at your heartstrings. But its the bass line that gets me every time. It is comparable to Price – just pushing forward, letting nothing stop her. If you want to know about Margo, listen to this tune.

And after 10 years of bouncing around the Nashville circuit, her persistence can never be questioned. She sold her car and wedding ring to record this album at Sun Studios. And after learning that numerous labels turned her down, or asked her to alter her sound; you have to question what the hell is going on in Music City. But thankfully, Third Man Records saw fit to leave her alone. Price says, “They were the first people who didn’t want to change the album, and didn’t want to scam me for any money,”

She takes a swipe at Nashville in This Town Gets Around painting the town as filled with lecherous managers and promoters just looking to get in her pants. Other tunes, such as Since You Put Me Down and Hurtin’ On The Bottle show her hard-drinking, hard-charging persona.

I don’t know if Price is the savior that she’s being portrayed as. I do know that she’s got to be tough as nails and that her debut album is absolutely unreal. It comes out today and you should most definitely pick it up.

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This is straight up legit twang and I’m in serious like. Margo Price is the first country act and first Nashville act signed to Third Man Records. Her debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter is slated for a March 25th 2016 release. Here’s a little more on her:

‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’ was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio, and mixed at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. Produced by Alex Munoz, the songs were cut live to analog tape, with Margo and her band working the night shift at Sun (7pm-2am), after the museum had closed. Most importantly, this collection of ten original cuts takes root in actual events in Price’s life – from her upbringing on a family farm in Illinois, to the musical community she has built around her in East Nashville, and every tragic or tragicomic turn along the way.

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