Hurtin' (On the Bottle)
Label: Third Man Records
Adding fuel to the "we're over Bro-country" fire is Margo Price’s debut, Midwest Farmer's Daughter. With a pristine and solid honky-tonk sound, Price draws you in with old-school charm -- a flourish of fiddle riffs here and a twanging slide guitar there -- and holds you with irreverent and clever lyrics. On the shuffling "This Town Gets Around," Price tells of lecherous managers and creepy, unwanted advances. And almost right out of the gate she unleashes the couplet, "It's not who you know, but it's who you blow that'll put you in the show." The shoot-from-the-hip style continues on "Since You Put Me Down" when she sings, "I killed the angel on my shoulder since you left me for another/I've been trying to turn this broken heart to stone." Price's fiery, sad and heartbroken world is expertly created in songs such as "Hands of Time," "Hurtin' on the Bottle" and "Four Years of Chances" and fills Midwest Farmer's Daughter with plenty of style and substance. One of the year's best debuts so far.