Best After Dark Performance: Margo Price
Having just played three sold out nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Margo Price is a rare country music phenomenon. And although she played a significantly smaller show at Brooklyn Bowl Saturday night, as part of the Governors Ball After Dark series, Price's set was nothing short of a honky-tonk barnburner. She riled up the crowd from the beginning with "Don't Say It" – from last year's excellent All American Made – and took the show into an unapologetically nostalgic direction, with rowdy covers of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" and Bob Dylan's "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)." During stomper "Hurtin' on the Bottle," she even worked in verses from "Whiskey River," and Merle Haggard's "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink." But the highlight of the set was Price's own "Cocaine Cowboys," a gem off her new album about guys she wishes she could stay away from. Price eventually put down her guitar and got behind a second drum kit, pounding away through an intrepid, psychedelic rock excursion. Perhaps it was a hint of where she might take her sound next. P.D.