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Just Announced: Philadelphia Folk Festival’s initial 2019 lineup features David Crosby, Margo Price, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more

Margo Price | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN // David Crosby | photo by Anna Webber | courtesy of the artist // Preservation Hall Jazz Band | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

The 58th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival will return this year with an impressive and inclusive lineup. The festival will be headlined by David Crosby & Friends, Margo Price, The Mavericks, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne brings her songs of Bob Dylan project to the Old Pool Farm stage, with sets by Amanda Shires, Dom Flemons of Carolina Chocolate  Drops, Kaia Kater, and more in the mix.  Continue reading →

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Margo Price discovers her country in the emphatically moving video for “All American Made”

Margo Price | still from video

Margo Price has shared a video for “All American Made,” the moving title track from her latest album. The video was directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch and Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-founders of the production company Little Ugly. It was shot on location in eight different cities including Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, and a small Indiana town. It follows the lives of real people living in these communities, such as a widowed farmer; a student who was one of the first to be desegregated in a New Orleans school; and members of the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition.

Price is shown singing from a miniature house being driven along the highway on a flatbed truck. The imagery is juxtaposed jarringly, weaving together people who don’t typically coexist in the same space. The final scene shows middle school kids reciting the pledge of allegiance, while audio of overlapping presidential speeches plays. The tone is conflicting, a mixture of patriotic pride and empathetic pain for all those suffering and without help in this country. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Margo Price returns to World Cafe Live in December

Margo Price | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

If you didn’t get enough of Margo Price at this past summer’s XPN Fest, don’t worry — she’ll be back in Philly before 2018 is over. The year since the release of sophomore album All American Made has been a chaotic one, but Price isn’t pausing to rest. She has announced new stops to her ongoing tour, including a show at World Cafe Live on December 28. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that one friend who is really into country music, you’ve found it. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Margo Price kicks out country jams to close out the River Stage Saturday

Margo Price | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

If you couldn’t tell by the band’s getup, Margo Price and company were the country act of the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival. Well, in Wiggins Park at least. More to come on Sturgill Simpson’s BB&T outing later today. But from Price’s own two tone denim jumper and sunkissed blonde hair to her bandmate’s Neil Young & Crazy Horse t-shirt, and more denim on stage than there was in the crowd, it was apparent from the moment the band stepped on stage that the River Stage fans were in for an early-evening Country affair. Continue reading →

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XPNFest 2018 brings Josh Ritter, Margo Price, Bermuda Triangle, Phoebe Bridgers and more to Wiggins Park

clockwise from left: Josh Ritter | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN // Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN // Phoebe Bridgers | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Bermuda Triangle | photo by Harvey Hale courtesy of the artist

The Wiggins Park lineup of the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival was rolled out today, and it will bring veteran singer-songwriter Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band to the Camden Waterfront this July, along with country breakout Margo Price, the Nashville trio Bermuda Triangle (featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser) and returning festival favorites The Lone Bellow. Continue reading →

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Margo Price’s All American Made breaks all the rules

Margo Price | photo by Danielle Holbert | via NPR

Vintage Americana revivalist Margo Price is back with another boundary-breaking album, All American Made, following her 2016 release Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. After a decade of struggling to find her niche in the country music industry, Price was finally picked up by Third Man Records, and she hasn’t looked back since. Channeling the sound and spirit of iconic women of country and western like Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, and most notably, Loretta Lynn, Price delivers an extremely old-school take on the genre.

The tracks off of All American Made feel like stepping into a time machine by to the 1960’s. There’s something so edgy and unique to the sound of this album. It has that sort of (positively) under-produced feel of a vintage record, that completely natural recording that is so rare to find these days, and Price knows that. She’s going back to basics, and country purists are praising her for taking that leap. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“The song (with Josh Ritter & Bob Weir) pitches its tent midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn.” – Rolling Stone

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is getting set to release a new album which features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margo Price at BB&T Pavilion and The Stammer at Ortlieb’s

Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN
Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN

Nashville star Margo Price is bringing her country croons to BB&T Pavilion tonight in support of Chris Stapleton. Find tickets on the show here, and watch her NPR Tiny Desk Concert below, which takes on greater depth and meaning with the added context of having performed the set the day after the election this past fall. Continue reading →