Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Rating 5 out of 5)

margo2This year’s Chris Stapleton. The debut record from Margo Price is pretty much the perfect blend of old-school (50’s and 60’s) Country and mid-school (70’s) Country while thankfully ignoring new-school (80’s to now) Country music. One of those years in the making overnight success stories, Price channels Tammy Wynette, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton, with a bit of the Tanya Tucker girl you don’t want to take home to mother thrown in just to make things exciting.

While the sound may be vintage, the songwriting is anything but. On “This Town Gets Around” she laments, But I don’t come easy and I’m flat broke/So I guess it’s me who gets the joke/Maybe I’d be smarter if I played dumb, showing a maybe I’m jaded, but I’m not going to let the pressures of music row get me down underdog vulnerability that is fresh and endearing at the same time.

“Hurtin’ on the Bottle” could have been a George Jones back in the day hit, “Weekender” is the consummate hit rock bottom song, and “About to Find Out” is the best, see you on the flip side, break up tune since Wynette’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”. There is nothing not to like on this record.