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Margo Price and Jack White at Ryman Auditorium (photo by Chris Phelps)

On Friday night, [Margo] Price tweeted that she’d spent more time planning these gigs than her own wedding. On Saturday, it showed. We last caught her and her six-piece ensemble at a quick lunchtime show at Third Man’s Blue Room back in February. They’ve been on the road ever since, and here had a chorus of vocalists, string players and a host of guest musicians in tow. Rather than simply a singer with a band behind her playing her songs, Price is by now an undeniably compelling bandleader and performer, and she scarcely sat still for the two-hour performance, making full use not only of the stage and its instruments but the whole room. The crowd hung on her every plainspoken word.

There were old songs, like “Can’t Stand Still” from Price’s Buffalo Clover days. There was a new one, “Revelations” — which she explained is “about Jesus if he was a traveling musician and had just got dropped by his label” — on which Price shared a mic with guitarist and husband Jeremy Ivey. For the title track from All American Made — something of a companion piece to “Hands of Time” — she started out alone on the piano, and her bandmates rejoined her one by one as the song swelled to a fever pitch. The song has been in Price’s repertoire in some form for several years now, and its lyrics’ poignant themes of depression, addiction and class struggle in rural America (and its shout-out to the late Tom Petty, which garnered a big round of applause) hit harder than ever. [Nashville Scene]

Margo Price has been touring this year and she’s about to wrap up a three-show run at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium tonight (5/23). That’s an excerpt of Nashville Scene‘s review of night one (5/19) above. Tyler Childers opened night one and night two (5/20), and at night one, his collaborator Sturgill Simpson joined him on stage for “Whitehouse Road.” Sturgill stuck around to join Margo during her set too, collaborating with her on “After The Fire Is Gone.” She also brought out Lukas Nelson during “Learning To Lose” at night one.

At night two, Margo had an even bigger surprise guest: Jack White, whose Third Man Records she is signed to. Margo and Jack duetted on a version of The White Stripes’ “Honey We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap” and they sounded awesome together. Watch below. Also below is video of Sturgill’s two appearances and Margo’s night one setlist.

Margo’s third and final show at Ryman is tonight and Colter Wall (whose self-titled debut album includes a version of the oft-covered 1957 song “Fraulein” featuring Tyler Childers) opens this one. What other surprises will Margo have in store tonight?

Margo’s tour continues after tonight’s show, and she’ll be in the NYC-area for XPoNential Fest, Governors Ball, and a GovBall After Dark show. Later in the year, she opens the Massachusetts stop of Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Fest tour.

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Margo Price at Ryman Auditorium – 5/19/18 Setlist (via)
Hands of Time
Weakness
Weekender
Tennessee Song
A Little Pain
Learning to Lose w/Lukas Nelson
Wild Women
Cocaine Cowboys > Jam
All American Made
Revelations
About to Find Out
After the Fire is Gone w/ Sturgill Simpson
New Cut Road
(Guy Clark cover)
Four Years of Chances > Jam
Can’t Stand Still
(Buffalo Clover song)
This Town Gets Around
Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)
Things Have Changed
9 To 5 > Gospel Outro

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