CD Review|Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Album | Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Artist | Margo Price
Label | Third Man Records
Only a few months ago Margo Price was just another struggling Country singer trying to make a career in Nashville. Today she is fast becoming its hottest property, with an album soaring up the Billboard Country Chart, a headline spot on the legendary ‘Saturday Night Live’ TV show, and the daily arrival of more glowing reviews. And yes, this is yet another.
‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’ is an autobiographical collection of songs performed in classic country style, but filled with grit, wit and a sometimes caustic reflection of the Nashville music machine.
The astonishing success of the album is remarkable given that several of the 10 songs contained on it aren’t exactly radio-friendly. The stand-out opening track ‘Hands of Time’ is over six minutes long, and the subject matter and language used in some of the of tracks would not fit too well into mainstream daytime programming. But it’s succeeding despite these drawbacks – the raw, honest lyrics are drenched in soul, and Margo’s heartfelt vocals – reminiscent of greats like Dolly, Loretta and Tammy at the height of their powers – lifts each and every one of the songs to the category of classic.
The subject matter of the album is often dark – alcohol dependency, losing a child, depression, exploitation by men – but this is no downbeat collection of introspective ballads, instead it manages to exude hope, determination and above all ‘spirit’.
It was turned down by a succession of labels before Jack White’s Third Man Records saw its potential, and I can’t help but feel a little sorry for the A&R men who rejected it because their decisions – like the man who turned The Beatles away – are likely to be career defining. We are witnessing the emergence of a new superstar, and one with her feet very firmly on the ground.
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter by Margo Price is the Honky Tonk Album of The Week (1st May, 2016)
‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’