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A Margo Price Storm Blows Through Rough Trade NYC on Thursday

October 20th, 2017

Margo Price – Rough Trade NYC – October 19, 2017


Predicting the next big music star is just about as easy as predicting the weather. Even with a lifetime of knowledge and the best instruments, you still get it wrong just as often as you get it right. But sometimes the barometer, thermometer, hygrometer and the Doppler radar all point to one obvious conclusion: It’s gonna rain. And for the crowd lucky enough to make it in for her All American Made album-release show at Rough Trade NYC last night, there was no doubt about the forecast, that’s Margo Price coming over the plain, a drought-killing downpour of talent and charm. Opening with “Nowhere Fast,” she perhaps subtly, perhaps subconsciously, was dressed as the Woman in Black, a modern-day outlaw country, with a more-than-meets-the-eye mix of soul, gospel, blues and funk to go along with the band’s considerable honky-tonk roots.

Price led her secret-weapons-grade band through the new album, the track order shuffled expertly to maximize the live-show experience. Pedal-steel-infused boot stompers like “Weakness” mixed in with gorgeous ballads. “Learning to Lose” hushed the hepped up crowd to near silence with Price’s voice filling the room, complemented by pretty guitar and pedal steel solos. She sneaked in the caveat that it was the first time playing a lot of the material live, but there was little sign of tentativeness or rust, quite the contrary. The songs showed off a bit of depth, both in sound—“Cocaine Cowboys” was as much Little Feat as Willie Nelson and “All American Made” was as much in the tradition of Neil Young as Loretta Lynn—and subject matter, songs about love lost and found replaced by deep storytelling with some social commentary proudly thrown in.

The band picked up steam and Price’s voice gained some extra torrential-rain power as they built the set to a head, finishing the album material with strong versions of “Loner” and the title track and then offering some crowd-pleasers to the already-quite-pleased sold-out crowd in “Tennessee Song” and “Paper Cowboy.” Here the band really flexed their muscles, drums and bass providing the thunder and lightning in a set-closing maelstrom, Price leaving the stage to applause while they rocked out for several minutes, just in case you hadn’t already appreciated their effort throughout the performance. That storm had passed as quickly as it had come, but for Margo Price, it’s easy to predict that it’s still just getting going. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

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Margo Price Delights The Bowery Ballroom with New Music

November 16th, 2016

Margo Price – The Bowery Ballroom – November 15, 2016

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“The first time I played New York, there were about seven people there,” announced country singer Margo Price from the stage at The Bowery Ballroom last night. Surveying the sold-out crowd that had turned out to see her perform, she smiled and said, “This feels good.” Since the release of Price’s debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, earlier this year, it’s safe to say there is no going back to the days of sparsely attended shows. Price’s sound, a blend of traditional country music with lyrics that feel decidedly modern, is capped off by her smooth, soaring voice, capturing the raw emotion of her subject matter. Like any legit country artist, the topics of depression and drinking make an appearance throughout Price’s material, most notably on songs like the aptly titled, “Desperate and Depressed,” “World’s Greatest Loser” and “Since You Put Me Down.”

Price and her band fleshed out songs from the album with covers of artists like Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Karen Dalton, and, as the show fell on the week-anniversary of the presidential election, she made several references and allusions to our current state of politics (for the record, she is, to quote her own song, “desperate and depressed.”) As Price revisited numbers written about some of her darker moments, she maintained an upbeat attitude, offering, “I’m gonna sing a song about the time I went to jail accidentally,” as an introduction to “Weekender.” “Wasn’t the first time, but hopefully will be the last,” she added winking. Closing the show with “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle),” another crowd-pleasing drinking anthem, Price cheerfully jumped down into the audience, singing and dancing along with the revelers, a pure expression of the resilience she clearly seems to find in her music. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK