Music News: A candid conversation with Margo Price for International Women's Day

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Margo Price performing live at the Turf Club in 2016 for The Current's MicroShow series. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
A candid conversation with Margo Price for International Women's Day
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International Women's Day is today, and in addition to being on the celebratory playlist full of music by female musicians of various genres and eras, Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price talked with The Current's Jill Riley.

Since Price debuted in 2016 with her album Midwest Farmer's Daughter and released her sophomore album All American Made — dubbed the year's best country/Americana release by Rolling Stone — in 2017, she has become a Grammy nominee for Best New Artist, and an expecting mother.

Coming up, Price is on the lineup for country legend Loretta Lynn's all-star birthday bash concert in Nashville, happening on April Fools' Day at the Bridgestone Arena. And not too long after having her baby (due at the end of May), she'll be joining Chris Stapleton for his All American Road Show Tour during the summer.

"It feels really powerful to get up there on the stage and show people that women can do anything even when they're pregnant," Price said. "I think so many people just sexualize women until they're doing the most important thing: bringing a human into this world."

Price said she's often received negative comments regarding her pregnancy, and it was Lucinda Williams — the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter — who empowered her to keep moving forward. "She came up and gave me a big hug," Price recalled of the night she went to a Fleetwood Mac concert and met Williams. "She said, 'You're making pregnancy look sexy.'"

As an advocate for women's rights, Price believes we've moved backwards as a society in many areas, and the first step is to make people aware of the problems. The song "Pay Gap" from her All American Made album highlights the gender wage disparity.

"Writing a song about it, I thought this could be career suicide here, especially in the country music world," Price said. "But, I've always admired women who were trailblazers."

All day today, you can celebrate International Women's Day with the women of The Current as they play songs by Margo Price, Patsy Cline, PaviElle, Laura Marling, St. Vincent, and other women in the music world. You can also expect interviews, studio sessions, and online content throughout the day.

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Margo Price: "Pay Gap"

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