Margo Price, a Quad-Cities native and rising country music singer, is having a big year. She's also having a big weekend.
Price is this week's musical guest on Saturday Night Live. The show, which Russell Crowe is hosting, airs at 10:30 p.m. today on NBC.
The 32-year-old musician from Aledo, Ill., dropped her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter on March 25. The album was released via Third Man Records, the label owned by Jack White of The White Stripes. In January, she performed on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
And this week, Price’s single “Daughter” entered at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. According to a Billboard.com article, that move made history: It's the first time in the chart's history that a solo female has debuted in the top 10 with her first charted title "without the benefit of any history on the Hot Country Songs ranking."
“She’s blowing up right now,” Sean Moeller, Daytrotter.com founder, said of Price.
Price has recorded a few Daytrotter sessions over the past decade or so that she’s been in the music industry. The singer, whose sound has garnered nods to Loretta Lynn, moved to Nashville about 12 years ago.
She has been quick to say that her Americana-brand of country fits somewhere between new and old.
“We're too untraditional for the traditionalists and we're too traditional for the mainstream," she said during an interview with the Quad-City Times last year before an October show at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island.
“She’s been one of my favorites for years and it’s so amazing to see what’s happening for her,” Moeller said, adding that her rising stardom reminds him of Nathaniel Rateliff, another up-and-comer.
“We’d always wondered when people were going to catch on to them,” Moeller added. “Now they’re both on the tips of everyone’s tongues. It’s great to see.”
Check out a list of Price's upcoming shows during her April tour with Old Crow Medicine Show:
April 14: Louisville Palace in Louisville, Ky. April 15: Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, W. Va. April 16: Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. April 17: Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. April 21: Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. April 22: Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga. April 23: Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga.