Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WHY MARGO IS ALL SMILES ; Nashville Songstress Has Had an Amazing 12 Months

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WHY MARGO IS ALL SMILES ; Nashville Songstress Has Had an Amazing 12 Months

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NASHVILLE songstress Margo Price is excitedly recalling a summer 2016 of star-struck celebrity encounters. She beams at the memory of Iggy Pop, who she met when they both appeared on BBC's Later With Jools, describing the punk godfather as, "a real sweetheart.

"A few days later, he played one of my songs on his radio show!" Even more exciting, however, was a recent encounter with Kris Kristofferson at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island - a meeting which resulted in Price being invited up on stage to perform with the legendary country outlaw.

"I still can't believe that even happened," she says. "He's one of my all-time favourite writers. You just never imagine you're going to perform with your heroes. I was grinning from ear to ear. I try not to smile in photos as I hate my teeth, but I couldn't help smiling that day."

Judging by the past 12 months, Margo Price has had plenty of opportunity to flash that smile of hers (and it's a lovely one too, despite her image hang-ups).

The 33-year-old's debut album, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, was both a hit with critics, who have quickly hailed her the new Loretta Lynn, and with country music fans who propelled the record to the top of the country album charts.

As such, she's a woman in huge demand, having spent the majority of the year on the road, playing headline shows and numerous festival appearances. She reveals she's not had a good night's sleep "for weeks" and is desperately missing her husband and five-year- old son. Not that she'd change a single thing about her dizzying career trajectory, however.

"For a long time I was worried I'd be singing to empty bars my whole life," she laughs.

"There's only so long I could go on paying my dues. There were nights I was singing my guts out to no-one, wondering what I was doing. It's been a long road to get here."

'A long road' is perhaps a mild way of putting it. Born and raised in Illinois, now based in Nashville, Margo Rae Price has spent the best part of 13 years fighting to make her music heard: firstly in a band called Buffalo Clover (alongside her husband, the musician Jeremy Ivey), and then as a solo artist. …

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