There were multiple ways that some people – surprised, upset and bewildered by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency – coped with the most peculiar breed of hangover on November 9th. Margo Price, however, chose music. The Nashville-based singer headed to NPR’s offices in Washington, D.C., for a Tiny Desk session the morning after the election to play three songs with a heap of restless emotion. [Watch the video above.]
Price and her band opened with a song written for her former group, Buffalo Clover, “All American Made,” a track that was eerily appropriate in its depiction of the plasticine American dream where small-town farmers are swallowed by bank loans and the country peddles weapons as easily as a corndog at a local fair. She then played two selections from her solo debut, Midwest Farmers Daughter, “Four Years of Chances” and “About to Find Out,” both seemingly chosen for their ability to reflect not just failed romances or conniving colleagues, but the election outcome – because the keenest writers, like Price, can sculpt such pliable words that they can apply as easily to heartbreak as they can political unrest. “1,461 days, counting down now,” she said at the end of the former, ending the set by revealing her “Icky Trump” shirt designed by label home Third Man Records.
Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year, Price heads to Europe for a string of dates in early 2017, and will return stateside for an appearance at the Stagecoach festival in April.