Today, Margo Price releases That's How Rumors Get Started, an album Esquire says, "is, without question, one of the best sets of music that 2020 will witness." Produced by Sturgill Simpson, co-produced by Price and David Ferguson, these ten new, original songs are about relationships and growing pains, motherhood and the mythologies of rock stardom, dissatisfactions and the defiance of expectations.
Listen here, or live alongside Margo Price and Ann Powers during NPR Music's Listening Party at 3pm ET today on YouTube (RSVP), before she appears on All Things Considered this afternoon.
Throughout the day, in an effort to support Grimey's record store and three of Nashville's independent restaurants, Margo's Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner! initiative will deliver breakfast, lunch, dinner and vinyl LPs directly to fans, contact-free. Tonight, Spotify's Indigo playlist presents Margo Price: Live at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge, a full-band, audience-less performance from Margo's favorite Nashville dive bar, streaming at 8pm ET here. Afterwards, she will spin a special episode of her internet radio show Runaway Horses, devoted to songs and stories from the album.
Tomorrow, Margo plays the Grand Ole Opry's Saturday Night Opry showcase to an online and radio-only audience, and on Monday she'll talk and perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Over the past week Margo has been featured on the cover of Nashville Scene, and profiled by Vanity Fair, Esquire, The LA Times, and more. In naming That's How Rumors Get Started the Album Of The Week, Stereogum called it, "a warm, grounded, enormously appealing record with the sort of expansive live-in-studio glow that's proven so hard to capture in recent years."
That's How Rumors Get Started is Margo Price's third solo album, and debut for Loma Vista Recordings. While it was originally supposed to come out in May, and Margo details its postponement in a personal essay for Vogue and an interview on CBS This Morning: Saturday, it was primarily recorded in December 2018 at LA's EastWest Studios - find the full credits below.
Additional Praise for That's How Rumors Get Started
"Margo Price Is Ready to Save Rock and Roll"
"One of the best albums of the year...her most raucous, and rocking, work yet"
"A shapeshifting disinclination to be pigeonholed, whether as a honky-tonk-friendly revivalist or a political protest singer...That's How Rumors Get Started underlines that [Price] has got the talent to take on whatever the future holds"
"Even as she pushes out the edges of Americana and country music, flexing her funk and rock bona fides, Price remains true to her blunt-yet-tender songwriting."
"'Rumors' places private struggles in a broader social context; it's a record about hitting the bottle and about staying too long in a dead-end relationship that's also a record about sexism and income inequality...a polished but deeply felt sound"
The LA Times
"'What Happened to Our Love?,' which sounds like the great George Harrison-Gram Parsons collaboration that never was, is the most stirring and affecting thing [Margo Price] has ever written"
"The lyrics are evocative, poetic and biting; the path is Price's alone...Price has shown zero signs that success has changed her internal compass."
Nashville Scene, Cover Story
"In many ways, Price is country music's anti-star...but her boldness and honesty are just the icing on the cake of a well-rounded, badass artist."
That's How Rumors Get Started Track List
That's How Rumors Get Started
Letting Me Down
What Happened To Our Love?
Gone To Stay
Prisoner Of The Highway
I'd Die For You
That's How Rumors Get Started Credits
Produced by Sturgill Simpson
Co-Produced by David Ferguson and Margo Price
Recorded by David Ferguson
Assistant Engineers: Sean Sullivan & Bo Bodnar
"Stone Me" and "Hey Child" Mixed by Tom Elmhirst
All Other Tracks Mixed by David Ferguson
Mastered by Richard Dodd
Recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, CA
Additional Recording at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, TN
Cover Photo by Bobbi Rich
All songs written by Margo Price and Jeremy Ivey, except "That's How Rumors Get Started," "What Happened To Our Love?" and "Prisoner Of The Highway" written by Margo Price.
Margo Price: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Sturgill Simpson: Vocals, Gut String
Matt Sweeney: Electric Guitar, 12 String Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Pino Palladino: Bass
James Gadson: Drums
Benmont Tench: Piano, Organ
Jeremy Ivey: 12 String Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Jamie Davis: Electric Guitar, 12 String Acoustic Guitar
Mike Rojas: Piano, Organ, Keys
Dillon Napier: Tambourine
Sam Bacco: Percussion
Dan Dugmore: Pedal Steel
Ashley Wilcoxson: Background Vocals
Nashville Friends Gospel Choir: Background Vocals