Around 2:00 at Farm Aid, the sounds of Margo Price’s “Tennessee” began filtering out of the cavernous Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater. The sounds were of an impending jam about to unfold with the melting pot of the Price Tags’ keys, drums and bluesy howls of Willie Nelson’s harmonica player Mickey Raphael underscoring the foreboding mood of the song. It sounded as epic as you could get for an early afternoon.
Of any of the day’s performers, Price’s life story most closely paralleled the plight of the family farmer as well as Farm Aid itself. Price was just two when the first Farm Aid occurred. As she told the audience before her second song “Hands of Time,” it was the same year her family lost their farm. “I want to buy back the farm,” Price lamented in her signature song. “I want to turn back the cruel hands of time.”