“Nashville is a great city with a lot of really talented people,” says Margo Price. “It can be really competitive but it can also be really uplifting. It’s been a really great place for us to live and raise kids and form a band.”
“We’re a drinking city with a music problem,” Jeremy Ivey says.
The pair is keen on traversing their city: from Marrabone Lake, “the only one I know, little or big,”; to Anaconda Vintage and Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge; to Thistle Farms, a place close to Margo’s heart: “John and Fiona [Prine] have always talked about Thistle Farms, and I’m always buying their things,”
Having witnessed the totality of Margo’s journey to becoming the city’s sweetheart, her husband and Sites & Sounds guest Jeremy Ivey has a fair take on her history with Nashville: She’s always kind of had a love-hate relationship with Nashville. Somehow they accepted it. I don’t know how that works, but sometimes you get lucky.”
“A percentage of Nashville loved it; another percentage of Nashville hated it,” says Margo. “But I do love it here. You can’t talk trash about a city unless you’ve lived there for at least 20 years. That’s my theory on that.”
On their rocky road to musical stardom, Price says, “We’ve sold everything we owned a lot of times, but we always end up back here.”
“This is just like anywhere; there’s just as much good as bad. And sometimes the good outshines the bad. And that’s why we’re still here,” adds Ivey. “All our good friends are here. And who wants to make new friends...who does that? Too many parties...too many pals.”
Onto Music City, where the real magic happens.