“That was one of my favorite shows I’ve ever played in town,” says Margo Price of headlining Rolling Stone Country‘s first new-artist showcase last November at historic Nashville club Exit/In. Price’s set was equal parts Loretta and Tammy, full of strong-woman anthems and, in the case of “This Town Gets Around,” a takedown of Nashville schmooze. Listen to a live performance of the song from that night below.
With lines like “it’s not who you know, but it’s who you blow” and a true recollection of a handsy music man, “This Town Gets Around” pulls no punches in its depiction of what a young artist — especially a woman — sometime faces to get his or her music heard.
“It was one of those songs that I sat down to write and it came really quickly,” Price tells Rolling Stone Country. “My husband Jeremy, who plays bass for me, said something about people sleeping their way to the top and I took that idea and ran with it. I wrote about some personal experiences I had, and things I had heard here and there that I thought were witty.”
One of those personal experiences included Price cutting ties with a little too chummy studio operator.
“When I very first came to town, I had been working with this guy and he had a great studio and was recording all these famous people. I went in and met with him, and he seemed really awesome and laid-back at first,” she says. “Then some very weird things happened that didn’t hit me right: gifts, taking me out and trying to get me drunk a couple times. I ended up never talking to him again.”
Price, who performed in Louisville, Kentucky, last night with her band the Price Tags is currently on tour, but she recently booked studio time to begin work on her debut country album — at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis.
“I really love the engineer there. His name is Matt Ross-Spang and he’s an amazing guy. I worked on a single there that I never ended up releasing, but we’re going to go back and work on this record,” says Price, who then plans to shop the record to labels. There’s already been some interest, she says.
Expect a traditional country album, especially if “This Town Gets Around” is to be believed. As Price sings in the final verse: “I don’t write the shit that gets bought and sold.”
Look for another Rolling Stone Country Presents on March 7th when Kentucky duo Sundy Best perform at Exit/In.