Listeners hungry for a return to traditional country music and honest lyrics have found a hero in Margo Price, who’s been on a steady rise since the release of her critically acclaimed album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter earlier this year. With a whirlwind tour schedule, including an Austin City Limits taping and duets with music legends, the reigning Americana Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year shows no signs of slowing down.
Last week the troubadour stopped by the KEXP studios in Seattle to deliver a stunning cover of the Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations.” Price’s tender voice is perfect vehicle for the slow-burning ballad.
“No Expectations,” written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, was recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1968 for their Beggars Banquet album. It’s one of the Stones’ earlier forays into country-tinged ballads, a form they’ve returned to again and again.
The Rolling Stones love country and country artists love them back. Johnny Cash and John Hartford both released bluegrass covers of “No Expectations.” Waylon Jennings also put a rousing spin on the song for his 1998 album Closing in on the Fire.
Price has plenty of practice melding country, rock and soul into a sound that’s at once familiar and wholly original. Price’s former band, Buffalo Clover, paid tribute to 60s and 70s southern-rock and blues. She describes her latest single, the epic kiss-off anthem “Four Years of Chances” as “country-funk.”
Price kicks off her Born to Ramble tour on Oct. 13 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. For more upcoming tour dates and tickets, click here.