07/04/16 Willie Nelson's Fourth Of July Picnic
07/08/16 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall Loft
07/10/16 Greenfield, MA "Green River Festival"
07/11/16 Buffalo, NY Asbury Hall At Babeville
07/16/16 New York, NY Hudson RiverStage
07/17/16 Asbury Park, NJ Wonder Bar
07/18/16 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
07/20/16 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
07/21/16 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn's Peak
07/23/16 Newport, RI "Newport Folk Festival"
07/24/16 Edmonton, AB "Interstellar Rodeo"
08/05/16 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
08/13/16 Winnipeg, MB "Interstellar Rodeo"
08/20/16 Carolina Kickoff
08/25/16 Tonder, Denmark Tonder Festival
08/26/16 Tonder, Denmark Tonder Festival
08/28/16 Bristol, UK The Exchange
09/01/16 London, UK Scala
09/02/16 End Of The Road Festival
09/04/16 Seattle, WA "Bumbershoot Festival"
09/07/16 Chicago, IL Jay Pritzker Pavilion
09/16/16 Toronto Urban Roots Festival
09/17/16 Farm Aid
09/25/16 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
10/12/16 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
10/13/16 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
10/14/16 San Francisco, CA Great American
10/17/16 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
10/19/16 Vancouver, BC Imperial
10/21/16 Boise, ID The Olympic
10/22/16 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
10/24/16 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
10/26/16 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
10/27/16 Saint Paul, MN Turf Club
10/28/16 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads
10/29/16 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
11/07/16 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
11/10/16 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
11/11/16 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
11/12/16 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
11/15/16 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
11/18/16 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre
11/19/16 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
Local station 89.3 The Current is deep into a series of these microshows (sponsored by New Belgium Brewing) and has previously featured acts like Lissie, Bob Mould, and Jack Garratt in small spaces for abbreviated, usually happy-hour performances. The latest in the series was up-and-coming country singer-songwriter Margo Price.
Price appeared solo with guitar, playing an endearing thirty minutes for an appreciative crowd that no doubt wanted more. The Illinois native has more than paid her dues, and the road to get where she is today, is often referenced in her songwriting. A self-described “songbird, thunderbird, jailbird”, The Fader just describes her as “country’s next star”.
Her distinctive country holler was on display immediately, from the opening lines of ‘Tennessee Song’, about her adopted home state and ‘Since You Put Me Down’ describes a painful separation and dealing with it, with alcohol.
As it was Kris Kristofferson’s 80th birthday, Price deferred on a Dylan cover and decided on his ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ instead, the song soaring at the end as Price’s vocals rattled the rafters. Showing some of her own renegade spirit, her “piss on Nashville song”, ‘This Town Gets Around was the fitting follow up, as Kristofferson himself is known as a bit of a rebel.
Some humor came with the new and unreleased ‘It Ain’t Drunk Driving If You’re on a Horse’ (co-written with Scott Knudson), as Price recalled a story of a man trying to evade a citation, based on his unique mode of transportation.
Boozy single ‘Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)’ finished the brief set, the song which put Price on the mainstream map with her CBS Late Show performance in January and SNL appearance in April, seared in the memory of anyone that happened to watch those.
Prince hits the road for most of the year, including a proper return to the Turf Club in late October …which is long sold out. Most other venues and dates are sold out as well—the secret is out and The Fader seems to be correct – country’s next star has arrived.
Margo Price at Turf Club, St Paul (22 June 2016)