Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires exit CMA after John Prine snub

The Country Music Association is something of a walking disaster zone at the moment. Some stalwarts who died this year were honoured during the 2020 CMA awards show last night, including Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels, and Mac Davis, but three other recently deceased icons went completely unmentioned during the broadcast: John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver. And this has not gone unnoticed – Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires have announced that they’re returning their lifetime membership cards to the Country Music Association. In a tweet Isbell wrote: “I doubt anybody will care, but we cared a lot about our heroes.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires exit CMA after John Prine snub”

Margo Price “That’s How Rumors Get Started” (Loma Vista, 2020)

With her first two albums, Margo Price was proclaimed as one of the prime candidates to be crowned as one of the queens of Americana. Hey, at one point, such ‘pure’ Americana artist as Sturgill Simpson played in her band. But with ‘That’s How Rumors Get Started’, her third album, Price just might get some Americana feathers ruffled. Or, could we say, get some rumours started that she is abandoning Americana… Continue reading “Margo Price “That’s How Rumors Get Started” (Loma Vista, 2020)”

Watch Margo Price cover Dylan classic “Things Have Changed”

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Margo Price was set to release her latest album ‘That’s How Rumors Get Started’ when the coronavirus pandemic hit. The Nashville artist, whose last album garnered all kinds of acclaim, has postponed the release until July 10th, but in the meantime she joined “CBS This Morning: Saturday” on the weekend just gone to perform a new unreleased song called ‘Drifter’, her latest single ‘Letting Me Down’ from the new album (which is tremendous), and a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Things Have Changed’ from the 2000 movie ‘Wonder Boys’ which you can watch below.

Video: Margo Price “Letting Me Down”

There are very few who can sing and craft a song like Margo Price.  When Price sings: “Everybody’s lonely, oh babe, just look around,” it feels perfect for the strange times we’re living in.   To add further star-quality, as if it were needed, Sturgill Simpson has co-produced the new single and contributed backing vocals.  Co-written with Jeremy Ivey, ‘Letting Me Down’ is about a couple of teenagers, trying to escape their everyday lives. Continue reading “Video: Margo Price “Letting Me Down””

Margo Price releases new live album featuring Emmylou and Sturgill

Margo Price has announced the surprise release of a new live album, ‘Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman’. Out today exclusively on Bandcamp, all proceeds benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, and while Margo has been working on putting the energy of those gigs back out into the world ever since they happened, she couldn’t wait any longer. Continue reading “Margo Price releases new live album featuring Emmylou and Sturgill”

Margo Price has bad news and good news

Margo Price has announced something bad and something good – whether it’s in equal measure is for you, our reader, to decide – but on the whole at the moment any good news in these strange days is welcome so we’re inclined to take what we can get.  Shall we get the bad news done with straight off ?  The release date for her new album ‘That’s How Rumors Get Started‘ has been pushed back and the tour, naturally enough, is also delayed. Continue reading “Margo Price has bad news and good news”

Watch Margo Price perform her new song “Stone Me”

We leave you this week dear reader with the first new music from Nashville’s Margo Price in over 2 years which she performed earlier this week on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. “After what feels like an eternity, I’m releasing a new song into the wild today,” Price said. “It’s been hard to keep everything I’ve been working on for the last year to myself and I’m so excited to share it.”  ‘Stone Me’ is written by Price with husband and bandmate Jeremy Ivey, and she’s in a fighting mood as she declares “I won’t be ashamed of what I am/for your judgment day, I don’t give a damn”. Have a good one.

John Prine and Margo Price fight Alabama abortion ban

Recent events in Alabama would have Margaret Atwood spinning in her grave if she was dead. Still, good to have resistance from the americana community. RS reports: “John Prine and Margo Price have joined the chorus of voices coming out in opposition of Alabama’s abortion ban, which was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday. Continue reading “John Prine and Margo Price fight Alabama abortion ban”

Margo Price joins Willie Nelson’s weed retail venture

Stranger headlines have been written but not many.  Leaving you this weekend dear reader with the news that Margo Price is going all Nancy Botwin on us and launching her own pot product with the americana weed kingpin Willie Nelson. Have a good one and don’t forget that SPF anything in the range of 30 to 50! RS report: “As if Margo Price doesn’t already have enough cred, she can now add a special ordainment from the godfather himself: Her own special strain of Willie’s Reserve, the personal marijuana brand of Willie Nelson. Continue reading “Margo Price joins Willie Nelson’s weed retail venture”

Go cruising with Drive By Truckers and Lucinda!

In the nice “sail on a boat” sense.  Rolling Stone reports, for all of you moneybags out there: “Nothing says “outlaw” like a Caribbean cruise, and for the fourth year running the Outlaw Country Cruise will set sail in January 2019. When it does, it will have a stacked lineup including Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price and Lucinda Williams all onboard. Run in conjunction by Steve Van Zandt’s Renegade Circus and Sixthman – organizers of the Americana- and country-heavy Cayamo Cruise – the Outlaw Country Cruise sails from Tampa, Florida, to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Also leading the bill are Bobby Bare, Steve Earle & the Dukes, the Flatlanders, Nikki Lane, Old 97’s, Shooter Jennings and Elizabeth Cook. Continue reading “Go cruising with Drive By Truckers and Lucinda!”