Margo Price

The day Margo Price walked into the studio to start recording her new album, That's How Rumors Get Started, she had butterflies in her stomach, a mixture of excitement, trepidation — and morning sickness.

"I definitely was not expecting to be pregnant," she says. "I had planned to go into the studio regardless of what was happening in my personal life."

It's the week of June 16, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes the latest singles from upcoming albums by indie rock band Bully, Nashville artist Margo Price, The Pretenders, and so much more.

In a world starved of roars of applause, hollers from excitable concertgoers and the warm, worn acoustics of venerated music venues, Margo Price has shared a relic of times gone by with her new live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman.

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Don't tell Margo Price she can't make a rock and roll record, because she will get into an L.A.

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth Watching, sitting in for Terry Gross. The Grammy awards are coming up next weekend, and one of the performers up for a Best New Artist Grammy is our first guest, Margo Price.

By now, generations of listeners have had the chance to hear and interpret Bobbie Gentry however they want. It's been decades since she shrewdly decided to withdraw from the spotlight and abandon the arduous task of defying perceptions of her as a southern pop pin-up by carrying out her ambitious vision as artist and the architect of her own entertainment empire.

The Tree of Forgiveness, his first album of originals in 13 years, is not just classic John Prine. When so much of humanity seems closed off, Prine knows when to be a little goofy, too.

Tonight, the Americana Music Festival will host the 16th annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show, honoring the singers, songwriters and instrumentalists in the field of American roots music (including alternative country, folk, bluegrass and blues & R&B). The ceremony, hosted once again by Jim Lauderdale, will be held at the Ryman Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. CST/7:30 p.m. EST. NPR Music, World Cafe Nashville and WMOT are providing this exclusive live web stream.

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This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt plays his favorite albums of 2016 from Margo Price, William Tyler, and David Bowie.

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