Margo Price Brings Emmylou Harris Onstage During Grand Finale of Three-Night Ryman Run [PICTURES]
Margo Price closed out her three-night, sold-out run at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday (May 23), and as was the case for both of her prior performances, the country singer took the stage with plenty of tricks up her sleeve. Although she offered up a captivating and acrobatic performance, complete with drum solos, piano ballads and even a walk through the audience, it was clearly important to Price to pay homage to the institution of the Ryman, and the legacies of the classic country artists who performed before her, during her first headlining residency. Flip through the gallery below to see some of the best shots from the three performances.
Price's set had a number of throwback country covers woven into it. In the middle of performing her fan favorite, "Hurtin' on the Bottle," she delved into a mash-up of Willie Nelson's "Whiskey River" and Merle Haggard's "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," and also returned to the stage after concluding the show for a rousing encore performance of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5." However, the biggest surprises of the evening were Price's special guests, Emmylou Harris and Sturgill Simpson.
Simpson, who also appeared during Price's first Ryman show on Saturday evening (May 19) for a rendition of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's classic duet, "After the Fire is Gone," returned to the stage on Wednesday for another tip of the hat to the iconic country duo: "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly."
In what was arguably the highlight of the evening, however, Price called Harris to the stage. The pair began with a rendition of Rodney Cowell's "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," but it wasn't until they moved into a performance of one of Price's own songs, "Wild Women," that she seemed to become as starstruck in the presence of the country icon as any member in the audience. "Emmylou's gonna sing on one of my songs now, and I think I might die," she announced to the crowd.
"This is so much fun," Price commented, towards the end of her set. "I'm sad it's almost over." The audience members concurred. Although Price's run at the Ryman may be over, however, fans will have ample opportunities to see one of her many festival and headlining gigs over the summer. For more information, go to Price's website.