Margo Price, band bring variations of classic country

Margo Price and The Price Tags play traditional country music.
Margo Price and The Price Tags play traditional country music. Photo provided

Rolling Stone recently heaped its praise on up-and-coming Nashville, Tenn., country singer Margo Price.

With classic country influences like Dolly Parton, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Band, Price’s musical styling blends classic country with a modern flair. Her voice cuts through the mix in ways the magazine compared to country stars Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

“I’m always incredibly flattered when I’m compared to Loretta, Tammy or Dolly (Parton),” Price said. “I couldn’t think of much of a higher compliment to be paid.”

Price and her band, The Price Tags, are no strangers to the road, but this will be their inaugural visit to Happy Valley. The singer and her band will debut in Centre County debut March 21 with a set at Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks. Price wanted to assure skeptics that the band does not fail to impress.

“We put on a helluva live show,” Price said. “I think that’s where I always convert my fans. I hear a lot of people say to me after shows things like, ‘I don’t usually like girl singers, but I dig you’ or ‘I don’t normally like country music, but you guys are great!’ I never know whether to take that as a compliment or not.”

She said her band is dedicated to playing traditional country music, “everything from honky tonk to country funk, the good stuff.” And though Price is a country fan through and through, she doesn’t think the genre is seeing its brightest days.

“People are hungry for honest music. I think the mainstream artists can sense that, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of these pop country acts tried to turn it around quickly and redeem themselves.”