Think you’ve had a busy summer? Consider the chaotic July that Margo Price just spent on the road, swapping harmonies with Ryan Adams one night and duetting with Brandi Carlile the next. Along the way, she also tag-teamed “Me and Bobby McGee” with Kris Kristofferson during a Newport Folk Festival set, performed her own show at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble barn in Woodstock, New York, and hit a honky-tonk home run with her brassy “Four Years of Chances” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Last month, while in Texas with Old Crow Medicine Show, she found herself at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, less than an hour’s drive from Austin. There, during a sun-baked spring afternoon, she recorded three songs inside the ranch’s Luck Chapel, including the Midwest Farmer’s Daughter track “How the Mighty Have Fallen.” Also included in the mix were a pair of lesser-known cuts: “Desperate and Depressed,” released earlier this year as the B-side to “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle),” and “It Ain’t Drunk Driving If You’re Riding a Horse.”
Featuring a slimmed-down version of her road band — minus bassist Kevin Black, who logged several years as one half of Sturgill Simpson’s rhythm section before joining Price — these live videos are rough, raw and gloriously imperfect, shining a light on a songwriter who, just four months later, would be enjoying just as much acclaim as major-label newcomers like Maren Morris. Watch “Desperate and Depressed” — featuring contributions from Micah Hulscher, Jeremy Ivey, Luke Schneider and Jamie Davis — up top, followed by two others below.