The title of her debut album is Midwest Farmer's Daughter, but the family tree of the neo-country maverick Margo Price also includes her great-uncle Bobby Fischer, a successful Music Row tunesmith whose songwriting credits grace albums by George Jones, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride and Reba McEntire. And if Price's bloodlines are bona fide, so are the hard-luck experiences she draws upon for lyrical inspiration. Her song This Town Gets Around reports on the ugliest sides of the Nashville music scene, and on Since You Put Me Down she rhymes "I've been waltzin' with my sin" with "he's an ugly evil twin." Her style bears the influence of Loretta Lynn; her songwriting reflects loss, resilience and an outsider's bad-assery. "I'm an outcast, and I'm a stray," warbles Price, who is signed to Jack White's Third Man Records, "and I plan to stay that way." Price is somebody's daughter, but nobody's baby now.
Margo Price plays Lee's Palace as part of the Toronto Urban Roots Fest (Sept. 15 to 19) on Sept. 15, 8 p.m., $24.50. 529 Bloor St. W., torontourbanrootsfest.com.