Country-Americana notable Margo Price has released a surprise live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman. Available exclusively on Loma Vista via Bandcamp, its sales will benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. To coincide, Price has shared a video for the Ryman performance of ‘All American Made,’ the title track from her second album, which came out in 2017.
The recording was made during Price’s three-night run at the famous “mother church of country music” in 2018, when she welcomed guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Sturgill Simpson and Jack White. Price produced the album herself, and it was recorded and mixed by Evan Donahue, founder of Nashville garage punk band Diarrhea Planet.
An interim release
Price had planned to release her third album That’s How Rumours Get Started, produced by Simpson, on 8 May, but its appearance has been delayed during the coronavirus crisis.
Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman features songs from both All American Made and its predecessor, the singer-songwriter’s 2016 breakthrough Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. Her first single from that set, ‘Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)’ includes a segment of Merle Haggard’s ‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink’ and Willie Nelson’s ‘Whiskey River.’
“A triumphant time capsule”
NPR describes the live album as a “triumphant time capsule, marking Price’s arrival as a Nashville giant and one of Americana’s brightest contemporary acts.” Emma Bowers’ review continues: “Price’s performance is unyielding and sentimental, swaying between classic backroad sensibilities and odes to the country greats, with a dynamism that has made Price into a leading light in the new era of country music.”
Price has said that she spent more time planning the three Ryman shows than she did her own wedding, and the result was a landmark of her career so far. “The recordings are rough and the performances are raw,” she notes. “But there was a magic there and the band was on fire.”
Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman can be bought here.