Midwest Farmer’s Daughter in 2016 to widespread critical acclaim — and was promptly snubbed by mainstream awards and country radio. Price forged ahead and released All American Made at the end of 2017, and this time pandered even less to the entrenched Nashville establishment. The album is more assured, more fun and more forthright, as songs like “Pay Gap” and “Heart of America” speak directly to the inequities faced by the working class and women. Price’s stances on gender equality, gun control and sexual assault may seem brazenly progressive compared to the slick, dog-whistle-laden tracks on country radio. But Price’s sound and songwriting hew close to that of traditional country, and the sharp, observational storytelling at the heart of her work represents segments of America more fully than a political party or a CMA award.
After a decade paying her dues in Nashville, Margo Price released