Margo Price: Nashville Manager and Producer Spiked My Drink
In a new interview, Margo Price says she found herself in a compromising, dangerous position when she was new to Nashville.
Price moved to Music City to pursue her musical dreams in 2003 at the age of 20. The young singer-songwriter was excited to land an introduction to a prospective manager and producer, who invited her to a private meeting to work on some demos. But she tells the New York Post that after she had one drink, she started to feel sick.
"They said, 'We put something in your drink because you didn’t look like you were having enough fun,'" Price says. "They straight-up admitted it to me."
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Unnerved, Price left the meeting. She has not publicly revealed the names of the men involved, but she referred to the incident in a song titled "This Town Gets Around."
Now 34, Price has built a thriving and critically acclaimed career with her 2016 album Midwest Farmer's Daughter and its new follow-up, All American Made, which she released on Oct. 20. She tells the Post that she's had more than one experience like the one she recounted.
"I’ve been dealt with aggressively, and been in some dangerous situations," she shares. "I feel lucky that I wasn’t raped … and I shouldn’t have to feel lucky about it."
Price is not alone in alleging misconduct in country music. Katie Armiger said in 2015 court documents as part of a lawsuit that her label, Cold River Records, asked her to "sex it up" with radio programmers, encouraging her to wear "hot" and "game-changing" clothes, as well as flirt with programmers by hugging and kissing them and sitting in their laps. (Cold River denied the allegations).
Former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey claimed in 2016 that a major power player in country music once reached under her skirt and groped her in front of people, then told her, "I have boats bigger than you could ever imagine, and I could put you in the middle of the ocean where no one would ever hear from you again. Just remember that." Taylor Swift recently won a court case against former Denver radio personality David Mueller, who she said groped her at a meet and greet at one of her concerts in 2013.
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