Third Man Records
I haven’t been this excited about a ‘new country’-type artist since first hearing Neko Case; there’s a touch of that early Neko Case sound on Just Like Love, one of four songs here on Margo Price’s new (stopgap) EP. By the time you read this she’ll have released the new full-length album – but as far as a follow-up to her brilliant Mid-West Farmer’s Daughter goes (and a tease of what’s to come) the Weakness EP certainly delivers.
Paper Cowboy is the spiralling centrepiece – it false-starts as a Loretta Lynn-weepy before galloping off on a set of steel guitars and heading yonder.
There’s something of Lynn’s worldview in Price’s delivery and songwriting; the proud feminism. It’s heartening and wise – she’s a class act as both writer and frontperson.
There’s a soulful grit to her voice – a wee bit Dolly Parton, a wee bit Bobbie Gentry – and plenty of bite in the lyrics. And the band is really cooking here (especially on Paper Cowboy and the opener, Good Luck).
The country knees-up of the closing title track could work as a business card: “Sometimes my weakness is stronger than me” – plays to the hardships and mistakes she catalogued on that debut album. We’ve found a new Dolly Parton I reckon. A new Loretta Lynn. Someone working in the tradition of the Merle Haggards and Dwight Yoakams. Someone you can trust.