Margo Price’s past reads like most classic country song, except her version is not fiction. The former Aledo, Illinois native suffered through obscurity, poverty, tragedy and even jail time. She watched her father lose their family farm, left college at the age of 20 to pursue a career in music, that eventually brought her to Nashville where she toiled in obscurity. She also endured the horror of the death of her infant son.
In terms of biographical musical material, Price has harvested a bumper crop. On the verge of surrendering her dream, she finally broke through at the age of 34, getting signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records and releasing the critically lauded debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. The follow-up, All American Made, and the tour that has followed it, brought her back to her home state this past week for the first of two evenings at Thalia Hall.. Curt Baran dropped into the Pilsen photo-pit where his shutter fluttered as he basked in the twangy melodies, hard luck tomes and the heavenly bellow of a glistening lap-steel guitar.
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