Exclusive: Backstage at the Ryman with Margo Price
We first got to know Margo Price in 2015 right before she signed with Third Man Records. We knew the moment she and her band walked on stage that they would be joining us at the 2016 Luck Reunion. 2016 happened to be the year of the "big storm" in Luck. After Texas thunderstorm cells converged over the ranch for over 3 hours, we had to temporarily evacuate and take shelter. Afterwards, as the setting sun peeked through the clouds, we rallied to try and figure out how to still pull off an amazing end to the night. While we scrambled to get someone on stage as soon as possible, Margo came jumping out of the bushes behind the stage shouting, "My band and I can be on that stage and playing in under 10 minutes!" It was in that moment we knew we were witnessing a star being born.
She also joined us out at Luck for our very firstLuck Chapel Sessionsin 2016. At times just Margo, unplugged, filling that sacred room with her own hallowed hymns. Margo has since graced the main stage for our 2017 Reunion and was our special guest at this year's event, returning to the Chapel for an intimate set to a surprised and spellbound crowd.
Margo has not only become part of our Luck family, but she has become a beacon for the hard working and honest musicians that we are so proud and honored to work with. In the past two years, it seems like her feet haven't even touched the ground. This past week she returned to her now hometown of Nashville, TN to play three sold-out shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The Luck Journal enlisted Chris Phelps, long-time tour photographer and friend of Price to tell the exclusive behind the scenes story:
"As I sit here the morning after the finale of Margo Price’s sold-out three night stand at the Ryman Auditorium, I’m going through photos and still cant quite come up with the right words to describe the whole experience. Running on little to no sleep throughout this entire journey, I admittedly haven’t entirely processed it yet. The closest description I can come up with is “magic.” Not magic in the illusionary card trick, pull a rabbit out of the hat sense, but a perfect storm kind of magic that develops after years of hard work, dedication, and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I’ve had the pleasure of joining Margo and her band on this Road to the Ryman this year and have captured a lot of special moments on various mediums. Polaroids have a unique ability to capture not only the real and raw moments and emotions of a situation, but they manage to do it in a nostalgic and tangible way. People tend to let their guard down when you hold up a polaroid camera and then patiently wait around while they watch their image appears moments later. Again, magic. Until I can fully process this experience into words, I’ll let the images speak for themselves." - Chris Phelps
All photos by Chris Phelps