Margo Price Announces Ambitious Three-Act Followup


Margo Price today announced an ambitious new album presented in three acts, Strays II, a followup to her critically acclaimed album Strays from earlier this year.

Due out October 13th, Strays II was recorded at producer Jonathan Wilson’s Fivestar Studio in California’s Topanga Canyon during the same five-day recording session that produced Strays and features nine new songs written during the same transformative, six-day mushroom trip as the songs on that album.

Like its predecessor, the project is deeply personal, with three distinct acts each grappling with love, grief, and acceptance—things Price has had no choice but to confront since losing one of her twin boys, Ezra, in 2010. The album will be accompanied by a three-part short film directed by Chris Phelps and recently previewed at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

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Along with the announcement, Price shared the work’s first act, Act I: Topanga Canyon, featuring contributions from Wilson, as well as new collaborators Buck Meek of Big Thief and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ny Oh.

Price said of the three tracks on Act I:

The title track is the story of how my husband Jeremy [Ivey] and I met and fell in love in Nashville two decades ago. I wrote most of the words and Jeremy wrote the chords and melody. It also reflects how we have always tried to stay true to who we are as people: “Love and pain it comes in waves but it was quite enough in those early days, we were wild as wolves my darlin’, we were strays.”

“Closer I Get” (co-written with Jeremy Ivey) was originally meant to open this double album with the line, “Being alive costs a lot of money but so does dying.” I’ve always thought it was unfair that the moment we are born, we immediately start racking up debt just for existing. This song was conjured from the ashes of our initial psychedelic trip – sometimes your perception and depth of field changes depending on where you’re at in life.

“Malibu” was written with Mike Campbell in his Malibu home after Jeremy and I had driven through the canyon fleeing a forest fire to get my guitar from our Airbnb. I had the start of the song and brought it to him looking to finish it out. I wanted to write something with a country funk/Bobbie Gentry feel, a good long rambling story about the minutiae of the day, like “Ode to Billy Joe”. Mike added the long “California” yodel and the bridge and was exactly what the song needed. My favorite line is “love and grief are a package deal, the more you have, the more you feel.”

Listen to Act I: Topanga from Margo Price’s upcoming album Strays II below or on your preferred streaming platform.

The album rollout will continue with Act II: Mind Travel and Act III: Burn Whatever’s Left, followed by the full double album digital release on October 13th and vinyl LP release of the nine new Strays II songs on November 10th. Pre-order the album here, and click below to view the album tracklist.

Price will hit the road fro the fall leg of her ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off Tour, with headlining dates as well as festival appearances at Hopscotch, XPoNential, Pilgrimage, and Farm Aid, where Price is the first female artist to sit on the board of directors. Click below for a full list of upcoming tour dates, and visit Price’s website to purchase tickets.

Strays Tracklist:

Been To The Mountain
Light Me Up (feat. Mike Campbell)
Radio (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Change of Heart
County Road
Time Machine
Hell In The Heartland
Anytime You Call (feat. Lucius)

Strays II Tracklist:

Act I: Topanga Canyon
Closer I Get (feat. Ny Oh)
Malibu (feat. Jonathan Wilson, Buck Meek)

Act II: Mind Travel
Black Wolf Blues
Mind Travel
Unoriginal Sin (feat. Mike Campbell)

Act III: Burn Whatever’s Left
Homesick (feat. Jonathan Wilson)
Where Did We Go Wrong
Burn Whatever’s Left

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Margo Price Tour Dates:

8/24 – London, UK – Rough Trade East
8/25 – London, UK – Lafayette
8/26 – Leicestershire, UK – The Long Road
9/8 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9/9 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
9/10 – Lexington, KY – The Burl County Fair
9/11 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall #
9/12 – Tulsa, OK – Cain's Ballroom #
9/14 – Bloomington, IN – The Castle Theatre #
9/15 – Madison, WI – Live On King Street #
9/16 – Bayfield, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua #
9/17 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly's #
9/22 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival
9/23 – Noblesville, IN – Farm Aid
9/24 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
9/28 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg University (XL Live)^
9/29 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music^
9/30 – North Truro, MA – Payomet Performing Arts Center^
10/1 – Bridgeport, CT – Sound on Sound
10/3 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom^
10/5 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena*
10/6 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center*
10/7 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena*
10/27 – Huntsville, AL – Orion Amphitheater !
11/3 – Scottsdale, AZ – Dreamy Draw

*supporting Chris Stapleton
#w/ S.G. Goodman
^w/ Brit Taylor
! supporting Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

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Margo Price – Strays II (Act I: Topanga Canyon)

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