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“Radio” could be a working mother’s lament during the pandemic, with lines about exhaustion and the plea to be left alone. But Van Etten said the magic of Price’s writing was that anyone could relate to it. “Radio” is “what it feels like as moms trying to find our own space,” she said. “But it can be anyone trying to have a moment, and that feeling of listening to a song, that’s all you can hear.”

Van Etten said Price’s ability to use the vernacular of traditional country – “the double meanings and the twists and turns” – to talk about issues such as the gender wage gap, offered a model for other artists. center left. Especially watching her in an early career performance on “Saturday Night Live” in 2016, she said, “I just felt like she was a role model who really had something to say.”

“Of course his range is crazy,” she added. “As much as her childbirth – she can be as sweet as she is sassy. She has an edge in her voice that you don’t hear much in country music right now. (In her memoir, Price writes about how self-doubt kept her partying all night before the “SNL” performance; she was also diagnosed with strep throat hours before.)

Lately, Price has made his writing more narrative and less personal. The single “Lydia”, on “Strays”, tells the story of an unstable woman in an abortion clinic. It’s conversational and free, with Price on acoustic guitar. Its producer, Jonathan Wilson, came up with the idea of ​​juxtaposing his live take “with some really weird, atonal strings,” he said. Written before the overthrow of Roe c. Wade, the six-minute track was well received and hailed as prescient.

Price is thrilled with any accolades, of course. But where once she was eager to reach them, now she wants to let it all go. “I try to be really happy with everything I’ve achieved,” she said.

That doesn’t mean she’s lifted her boot off the gas. “I’ve actually written more songs than I’ve had in a very long time,” she noted. She walks around her property, she listens to the birds; inspiration strikes. “I wake up feeling great everyday,” she said, adding, “I just feel this urgency. I want to create.


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