Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Midwest Farmer's Daughter

by Margo PriceMargo Price


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Midwest Farmer's Daughter isn't merely an autobiographical title for the retro country singer/songwriter Margo Price, it's a nice tip of the hat to one of her primary inspirations, Loretta Lynn. The connections between the two country singers don't end there. Toward the end of her career, the Coal Miner's Daughter wound up collaborating with Jack White for 2004's Van Lear Rose, and White's Third Man Records provides a launching pad for Price, releasing her self-financed solo debut as-is as Midwest Farmer's Daughter. Spare and lean like Loretta in her prime, Price nevertheless writes with the studied precision of a modern Americana songwriter; even when she gets explicitly autobiographical, as she does on the opening "Hands of Time," it doesn't play as confession ripped from the soul, it plays as poetry. Similarly, when she tightens the screws so her song turns into something sleek, it doesn't play as Music City precision, it feels savvy and personal, surprising with its light hint of funk and Price's clear, plaintive, and powerful vocal. This tension between the head and heart, between the country and the city, is what fuels Midwest Farmer's Daughter, placing it on a warm, hazy plane that feels simultaneously sophisticated and down-home. Part of this dichotomy is due to Price's singing: she sounds like the Illinois girl that she is, possessing a voice that's pretty, plain, and unadorned, carrying an innocence that cuts against the worldliness of her songs. Her band, though, provides her songs with a genuine honky tonk kick, but even when the album drifts toward the traditional -- as it does on "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)" or "Four Years of Chances" -- Price's sensibility is modern, turning these old-fashioned tales of heartbreak, love, loss, and perseverance into something fresh and affecting.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2016
Label: Third Man Records
UPC: 0813547022653
catalogNumber: 339
Rank: 67163

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Margo Price   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony
Jeremy Ivey   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica
Dillon Napier   Percussion,Drums
Luke Schneider   Pedal Steel Guitar
Micah Hulscher   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Eric Whitman   Background Vocals
Larissa Maestro   Cello
Matt Ross-Spang   wah wah guitar
Eleonore Denig   Violin
Josh Hedley   Harmony
Kevin Black   Background Vocals
Kristin Weber   Fiddle,Violin,Background Vocals,Harmony
Alex Munoz   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Jamie Davis   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeremy Ivey   Composer
Mark Fredson   Composer
Matt Ross-Spang   Producer,Engineer
Caitlin Rose   Composer
Margo Price   Composer
Nathanio Strimpopulos   Artwork
Alex Munoz   Producer,Engineer

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