Jack White dropped by the season premiere of “A Prairie Home Companion” last week. This time around, the rocker brought along Americana favorite Margo Price as his special guest.
Price, who’s signed to White’s Nashville-based Third Man Records label, has been vocal about her appreciation for White. Her 2016 album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter was turned down by nearly every record label in Nashville until White took notice of Price’s fierce classic country wail and biting lyrics.
Fittingly, the two tackled a song from White’s own rich catalog: the White Stripes’ “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet). The song, featured on the White Stripes’ 2005 album Get Behind Me Satan has a special meaning for Price.
“I used to listen to that song on repeat when I was feeling homesick for my mother and sisters,” Price wrote on Facebook. “At the time, I had been in Nashville for two years and was teaching ballet at a studio in town. I even choreographed a dance to that song and performed it at our recital at The Belcourt Theater. It’s amazing how music can help people make it through the tough times.”
Jack White’s collaboration with Price is certainly not his first foray into the country music world. He famously produced Loretta Lynn’s critically-acclaimed 2004 album Van Lear Rose, calling Lynn the “greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century.” White also produced Wanda Jackson’s comeback record The Party Ain’t Over.
During the same episode of “A Prairie Home Companion,” White covered another country legend. He put his spin on the Tom T. Hall-penned “Margie’s At the Lincoln Park Inn,” originally recorded by Bobby Bare.
The Oct. 15 show marked the first “Prairie Home” hosted by Punch Brothers member Chris Thile, who took over for longtime ringleader Garrison Keillor. Thile, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame as a member of the band Nickel Creek, is carrying on the show’s long tradition of celebrating country and roots music.