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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 →

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Listen to Margo Price’s solid set on NPR’s Mountain Stage

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

Taped at West Virginia’s Civic Center Little Theater, country breakout Margo Price made her debut on Mountain Stage this week, performing tunes from her recent record Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. She was joined by Nashville’s Micah Hulscher, Dillon Napier, and Jamie Davis on keys, drums, and guitar, respectively, along with Luke Schneider on pedal steel and dobro and Kevin Black on bass.

Listen to the episode below, and if you dig what you hear, catch Price this summer at BB&T Pavilion with Chris Stapleton; tickets/more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Margo Price works the crowd, honors Leonard Cohen at World Cafe Live

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

On Thursday evening, Margo Price held court at World Cafe Live Philadelphia. The Nashville singer-songwriter has been rising to the top this year after releasing her debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, on Third Man Records.

With a tight twang and booming voice, Price took the crowd by storm, covering all of the fan favorites from her anthem “Tennessee” to the heartbreaking “Hands of Time,” diving offstage to dance with the crowd on the main set closer “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle).” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margo Price at World Cafe Live, Josh Ritter at McCarter Theatre, Thee Oh Sees at Underground Arts, and more…

Margo Price | photo by Angelina Castillo | courtesy of the artist
Margo Price | photo by Angelina Castillo | courtesy of the artist

Nashville country artist Margo Price will play World Cafe Live tonight with Hugh Masterson in support of her new album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. After spending countless late nights recording the album at historic Sun Studio, Price got the attention of Jack White, and soon after, she signed to Third Man Records. Watch her perform “Since You Put Me Down” on SNL below, then find tickets and more information on the show here. Continue reading →