Though Margo Price has lengthy seen herself as a counterculturalist — particularly inside Nashville’s country scene — she has been spending the pandemic like many individuals: caught at dwelling and patiently ready for it to be over.
“It’s kind of like the rug’s been pulled out from under me,” Ms. Price, 37, mentioned in a current cellphone interview. “I felt like this third album was going to be so fun to tour and play at festivals, and I had just taken so much time off after having a baby, too. I was really ready to get back to work.”
Her third studio album, “That’s How Rumors Get Started,” was launched in July, however on May 28 she’ll get to carry out it dwell for the primary time, at an out of doors concert in Pelham, Tenn., outdoors Nashville.
Ms. Price is amongst many hopeful musicians who’re collaborating with venues that permit house for social distancing.
“The arts, in general, are really struggling,” she mentioned, “and we need to figure out a way to get back at it and preserve the venues that we all play at.”
And even throughout this pandemic, whereas elevating her two kids alongside her husband, Jeremy Ivey, and writing a memoir, Ms. Price has been out and in of the studio, recording two albums.
“I’m a disciple of all things that are close to the ground — roots music, folk, blues, soul,” Ms. Price mentioned of her new music. “I want to have enough genres that people can’t exactly put their finger on one thing.”
Interviews are performed by e-mail, textual content and cellphone, then condensed and edited.
7 a.m. I get up and have a lemon water adopted by a black espresso. I make the youngsters waffles and take my 10-year-old son, Judah, to Montessori college. I spend the following couple of hours taking part in with my 1½-year-old daughter, Ramona.
9 a.m. I placed on some Miles Davis and begin a hearth within the fire. We stretch and dance and play with puzzles earlier than going outdoors to benefit from the sunshine.
10:30 a.m. I’m driving to the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville. I’ve been engaged on two albums;being within the studio has given me a way of objective whereas I’m unable to play dwell exhibits.
11 a.m. Jeremy and I tune our guitars and do some vocal warm-ups. We play via a music a pair instances to get a tempo and start monitoring it. We can overdub the remainder of the band later.
1:15 p.m. We cease for lunch across the fireplace pit that’s burning right here 24/7.
2 p.m. We monitor two extra songs.
Three p.m. Jeremy leaves to select up Judah. I keep to put down guitar and vocals for one more music.
5 p.m. I get dwelling and take each kids on a stroll to the native church whereas my husband cooks dinner. (He does a lot of the cooking and is an exceptional chef.)
5:30 p.m. We play hide-and-seek in an deserted church. They don’t have companies in right here anymore, however our neighborhood pod is utilizing it as an area to show our kids in.
6:30 p.m. We sit all the way down to a home-cooked dinner. For the final 5 days, Jeremy was off recording his subsequent album, so we’re celebrating him being dwelling.
7 p.m. I clear up the dinner desk, wash the dishes and throw in a load of laundry whereas Jeremy provides Ramona a shower. My mother, Candace, helps Judah together with his studying. She’s been right here quite a bit in the course of the pandemic, and we couldn’t do it with out her!
Eight p.m. I reply some emails and compensate for work whereas Jeremy reads to Ramona.
8:30 p.m. Ramona comes out and says, “Mama, sing to me” — she simply began talking in full sentences a pair weeks in the past. She requests “Up Above” (that’s what she calls “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”) and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
9:30 p.m. Jeremy and I take heed to some tough mixes of his songs.
10 p.m. We sit down to observe “Nomadland.”
12:30 a.m. We transfer from the sofa to the mattress. Both of us fell asleep after the film.
8:15 a.m. I get up to a cellphone name regardless that I used to be planning to sleep in. Jeremy and I inform one another about some loopy disjointed goals.
9 a.m. Ramona and I brush our enamel and hair. We play Legos whereas I assist Jeremy write a lyric to certainly one of his songs.
9:45 a.m. I take my two canine for a run at a close-by state park.
11 a.m. Jeremy and I simply arrived at Frothy Monkey to seize some breakfast outdoors on the patio. I’m enhancing my memoir for the following few hours — I’m on the second draft and have to show it in on the finish of the month. (I’m on Page 30 of some 500.)
1 p.m. I take a Zoom interview with the “Poptarts” podcast for Bust Magazine.
2 p.m. I begin enhancing the guide once more. Currently ingesting my fourth cup of espresso.
Four p.m. Ramona wakes up from her nap, so we’re heading on a stroll. My neighbors personal these two horses which might be rescues, so we wish to feed them carrots.
5:45 p.m. Ramona is drawing, Jeremy is cooking, and I’m engaged on my guide once more.
6:30 p.m. Jeremy cooked veggie stir fry (rice, peppers and oyster mushrooms that had been grown and given to us by John Carter Cash after we had been over there recording).
7 p.m. We’re watching “Toy Story,” however the youngsters bought distracted, so we’re all operating round the home and wrestling to get some vitality out.
Eight p.m. I’m studying Mona books and doing the bedtime routine whereas Jeremy helps Judah with some homework.
9 p.m. Jeremy made a hearth outdoors, and I cracked a soda water and rolled a joint. We’re sitting out right here speaking, listening to music and searching on the stars.
7:30 a.m. Ramona’s taking part in with magnets, and I emptied out a piggy financial institution so she might put the cash again in. That stored her busy for about an hour whereas I made her breakfast.
8:45 a.m. Mona placed on her pink rubber rain boots, and we’re going outdoors to benefit from the climate. The ice is sort of all melted, and we’re strolling alongside the creek that runs in entrance of our home. We cease to throw in rocks and splash round within the puddle.
10 a.m. I’m driving to Golden Hour Salon for my first haircut because the pandemic began.
Noon Back dwelling ingesting extra espresso. I’ve been enhancing my guide in a big walk-in closet that we transformed to be a part-time workplace.
1:30 p.m. Jeremy took Ramona to the pediatrician to get immunizations.
2 p.m. I took benefit of the empty home and labored on a music. It’s so good at this time, so I took a guitar outdoors to the swing and practiced finger selecting whereas listening to the birds.
Four p.m. Everyone’s dwelling, and we’re hanging out on the sofa studying. Judah is whittling and sanding a stick he discovered — he needs to make a sword.
5 p.m. Jeremy and I decide up some fits from a spot on Music Row referred to as Any Old Iron. It’s owned by a neighborhood designer, Andrew Clancey, whose designs and beading are so psychedelic and creative. I am keen on him. (He additionally makes nice sequin and rhinestone masks.)
6:15 p.m. We decide up dinner from Superica, an incredible Tex-Mex restaurant, the place I at all times order the shrimp tacos. They’re sinfully good.
7 p.m. My mother already put Ramona to mattress since she missed her nap, so Jeremy and I are studying to Judah. It’s good to offer him further consideration after we can as a result of the toddler calls for a lot.
8:30 p.m. I pour a tea and draw a shower.
9:30 p.m. Turned on the brand new “Unsolved Mysteries,” and I’m doing a bit of stretching and a free-weight exercise. I used to go to the fitness center on a regular basis, however because the pandemic, I’ve been forcing myself to work out at dwelling.
Eight a.m. Ramona isn’t feeling nice and is operating a bit of fever, so we let her watch a bit of TV.
9:30 a.m. My hair and make-up artist, Tarryn, arrives to assist me do my hair for a photograph shoot. This is simply the third time I’ve had my hair or make-up performed all 12 months.
11 a.m. The photographer arrived, arrange a blue backdrop and really shortly snapped some pictures.
Noon I’m consuming lox for breakfast and having one other cup of espresso.
1 p.m. Went outdoors to our picnic desk and began enhancing my guide.
2 p.m. I’m selecting Mona up from the neighbors to place her down for a nap and go get a Covid check. I take one weekly simply to be further protected.
3:45 p.m. I’m again dwelling, and the youngsters are outdoors leaping on the trampoline.
4:45 p.m. Jeremy’s making dinner, and we’re making a fort.
5:45 p.m. We placed on Billie Holiday and sit all the way down to eat. We maintain arms, and Judah leads us in a prayer. His dinner prayers virtually at all times embody asking that God assist the homeless and finish coronavirus.
6:30 p.m. Judah and I went into the music room to play double drums. He makes up a beat, and I’ve to repeat it and vice versa.
7:30 p.m. I learn to Ramona whereas Jeremy and Judah construct a hearth and make s’mores.
8:30 p.m. Both youngsters are in mattress. I am going out to benefit from the fireplace, and my pal joins. We decide guitars and drink turmeric tea till 12:30 a.m.
Eight a.m. Back at it once more with the youngsters and the morning routine. I make blueberry pancakes whereas Ramona performs with pots and pans. The home is de facto trashed — toys all over the place — but it surely’s Friday, so I don’t stress about it. I’ll clear later.
9 a.m. We go on a stroll however get interrupted by the rain. Back inside we FaceTime my 90-year-old grandmother. She beat Covid a pair months in the past however hasn’t been capable of be out of the nursing dwelling in a 12 months. We name her usually to examine in.
10 a.m. Jeremy relieves me so I can work on enhancing my guide.
Noon Ate oatmeal for breakfast, considered a John Prine lyric and got here inside to select some guitar.
1 p.m. Recorded a SiriusXM D.J. takeover for a Canadian station referred to as Northern Americana. I made a playlist for International Women’s Day.
2:30 p.m. Ramona wakened from her nap, so we’re leaping on the trampoline.
6 p.m. My mother took the youngsters on a protracted stroll, however everybody’s again for dinner.
6:05 p.m. My daughter throws an enormous tantrum (horrible twos are coming early right here) so I spend a while calming her down. We take some deep breaths and sit in a quiet room.
6:20 p.m. I lastly get her calmed and sit all the way down to a chilly plate of scrumptious meals.
7 p.m. I give Ramona a shower and distract her with some washable tub crayons to color on the tub whereas I sing and play guitar. Jeremy and Judah play Zelda in his bed room.
7:30 p.m. The rest room overflows, Jeremy fixes it with a number of selection four-letter phrases, I snigger.
Eight p.m. We’re all studying books, kissing foreheads and saying good night time.
10 p.m. We activate “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The home is trashed, however I don’t care — I’ve cleaned all week, and I’m drained. We can fear about that tomorrow.