MARGO PRICE – ” Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman “

Posted: May 25, 2021 in MUSIC
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The wide release of the Margo Price concert film “Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman” via a free nugs livestream. The film, which premiered at the Stardust Drive In theatre outside Nashville on December 2nd, was culled from Price’s three night residency in May 2018 at the iconic Nashville venue known as “The Mother Church of Country Music.”

Prior to the film’s wide release, Price also shared a Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman live album. While the album’s track list is similar to that of the film, it differs in track order as well as some notable omissions as well as additions. Unfortunately, the film does not feature any of the special guest appearances found on the album from Sturgill SimpsonJack White, or Emmylou Harris.

Instead, Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman is all Margo Price. From the opening funk of the alternate “Weekender”, the 49-minute movie captures the familiar feel of a Price concert as she throttles through a range of emotions in “A Little Pain (Waltz Version)” and a tender collaboration with her husband/bandmate Jeremy Ivey on “Revelations”.

Also found in Live At The Ryman is Price’s unique transcription of “Proud Mary”. The Creedence Clearwater Revival cover takes on a whole new life in Price’s hands, starting as a drowsy reflection and building up into a gospel/rock n roll frenzy. The presence of the Nashville Friends Choir is felt throughout the film, as the stable of gospel singers lend an added layer of soul to Price’s already stirring vocals.

A notable addition from the album to film is that of “Long Live The King”. Though a live staple of Price’s for a number of years, the song was only released as a studio single earlier this month. The onstage chemistry between Price and Ivey bleeds through the screen yet again with the joint “All American Made”, before the distorted rock stomper “Worthless Gold” shakes off the dust. Finally, Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman winds down with “World’s Greatest Loser” before the closing “Hurtin’ (On The Bottle) Melody” brings the show to a close.

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