Margo Price Won My Battle Of Conflicting Set Times At Arroyo Seco Weekend Review+Photos: Margo Price @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/23/18
“… The only real scheduling conflict that I had on Day 1 of Arroyo Seco was between Belle and Sebastian and Margo Price. Belle & Sebastian’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister” is one of my favorite Chamber Pop albums on vinyl, but I had gotten a taste of Margo Price at Luck Reunion earlier this year, and was aching to catch a full set.
I started out at Belle & Sebastian’s stage, but their laid back mood just wasn’t jibing with me at the moment. I wasn’t really sure why that was (maybe it was a little mellow after a rousing Pretenders’ set?), so I kept walking to Margo’s stage. That was a good call.
By the time I arrived at the tent that Margo was performing in, she was already in the groove, wailing away with “Tennessee Song”. Her country stylings remind me of a little of Loretta Lynn; same kind of voice and same kind of blunt, tell-it-like-it-is attitude.
Her band was rocking. During “A Little Pain”, they went on a full on psych rock jam session. It was unexpected, but pretty damn awesome.
She covered Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” (a song I had seen her perform at Luck Reunion- though the window of a chapel, no less), dedicated “Four Years of Chances” to all of her ex-boyfriends, and did a medley of drinking songs that started with her hit “Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)” and ended with Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River”. While I was hoping that she would have had a surprise guest join her on stage (She’s signed to Third Man Records that’s owned by Jack White who would perform later in the day, and she’s got a close relationship with Lukas Nelson who was playing with Neil Young for the evening’s final), that didn’t happen. In all honesty, she didn’t need anybody’s help.
There are a lot of female country singers out there these days, but none of them are as authentic and rooted in its essence as Margo Price. Her impressive sophomore album All American Made proved that didn’t didn’t suffer a sophomore slump. I’m hoping that she keeps the streak going with her future work …”