This story has been updated.
Margo Price held forth for the first night of her 3-night, nearly sold out run at the Mother Church of Country Music on Saturday evening, and had a very special (and familiar) guest show up to support. Kentucky songwriter Tyler Childers opened the show, and fans were surprised when Sturgill Simpson walked out on stage as a member of Tyler’s band. It’s worth watching the fan video below when he takes a ripping solo during “Whitehouse Road.” Simpson produced Childer’s recent album Purgatory.
And of course if Sturgill Simpson is in the building, he’s probably not going sit backstage eating peanuts when Margo plays. Sturgill emerged to play and sing “After The Fire Is Gone” with Margo for the enthusiastic Ryman crowd. And that’s not all, Lukas Nelson also showed up and performed “Leaning To Lose” with Margo. Fans certainly got their money’s worth on the evening.
Long standing fans of Margo Price and Sturgill Simpson know that at one point Margo employed Simpson in her backing band The Price Tags, and the two have shared the same bass player in Kevin Black. Now along with Tyler Childers, Lukas Nelson, and others, they are carrying forth the country music insurgency which has seen multiple names from the Americana and roots realm sell out Ryman stints, including Jason Isbell, Cody Jinks, and Simpson himself back in the day. These days the Ryman would be too small for a Sturgill Simpson show. But those who ponied up for Margo got a special, intimate treat.
Margo Price might be right back on the Ryman stage in September after she was nominated for three Americana Music Awards last week for Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year for her most recent release All American Made. But before then, she will be playing Sunday evening at the Ryman once again with Tyler Childers opening, and then again on Wednesday with Colter Wall opening. It would not be out of the realm of possibility to expect other special guests to make their way to the Ryman stage as part of Margo shows. Unexpected guests has become a tradition in itself at the Mother Church.
Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, and Colter Wall are all booked by the Paradigm Talent Agency. One or two single tickets still remain for Sunday night’s show at the Ryman (at time of posting), as do a small handful of tickets for Wednesday night’s show.