Margo Price brought her fresh-faced, retro-tinged classic country sound to this year’s Newport Folk Festival and turned in a fiery set that showed she’s quite comfortable dancing between nostalgia and the now. Backed by her proficient (and cleverly named) band the Price Tags, Price lead the charge through a handful of songs from her celebrated debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. She even threw in a couple of impeccable covers made famous by Jessi Colter (“Why You Been Gone So Long”) and Gram Parsons (“Ooh Las Vegas”) along the way.
Price bookended her Newport set with the psychedelic swirl meets country thump of “Tennessee Song” and the honky-tonk sass of “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle).” In between, she seamlessly alternated between full-on barnburners (“This Town Gets Around” and “About to Find Out”) and tear-in-my-beer countrypolitan weepers (“How the Mighty Have Fallen” and “Hands of Time”) with equal fervor. Hear her entire Newport set below, courtesy of NPR.
Earlier in the day, Price also made a surprise appearance during Kris Kristofferson’s set to duet with him on “Me and Bobby McGee” and was met with an enthusiastic response from his fans. From holding her own with a seasoned veteran to effortlessly commanding a full band (plus a guest string ensemble from nearby Berklee College of Music for a couple songs), Price continues to wow audiences and prove that all the buzz surrounding her is well earned and much deserved.
This fall you can catch Price and her band out on the road on her Born to Ramble tour. The month-long trek kicks off in Los Angeles on October 13 and runs through mid-November.