Margo Price could be considered a throwback because she writes like a typical singer/songwriter from the ’70s and styles her country music after the legendary sounds of Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Emmylou Harris. Her debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which was produced at Sun Studios and released in 2016 on Jack White’s Third Man Records, benefited from her keen attention to detail and talent for storytelling.
Price, like White, is a native of the Midwest who moved to Nashville. Price is an Illinois native who grew up singing in church. She was raised in the small town of Aledo, which is close to the state’s western border. Price ended up studying dance and theater in college. She made the decision to leave school when she became 20 years old in 2003 and move to Nashville, where she gradually started working toward a musical career while doing odd jobs.
She connected with bassist Jeremy Ivey, and the two soon started the band Buffalo Clover. They later got married. Three independent albums by Buffalo Clover were released between 2010 and 2013. After this band broke up, Price put together Margo & the Pricetags, a band with a changing lineup that occasionally included Sturgill Simpson, a future alt-country sensation.
Price paid for her to record a solo album at Sun Studios in 2015. When she learned through the Nashville music community that Jack White was a fan of hers and had seen her perform locally, she sent him the album. After listening to the album, White decided to sign Price to Third Man Records. The album, titled Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, was released in March 2016 and received almost universal positive reviews.
The title track from Price’s four-song Weakness EP, which was released in July 2017, ended up serving as the first single for her second album, All American Made, which was released in October of that same year.