The world is changing, but for many in middle America, it isn’t changing fast enough.A dead baby, a lost farm, time in jail, alcoholism, divorce, sexual exploitation; the topics of Margo Price’s self-penned, somewhat autobiographical ten songs may sound like downers, but the opposite is true. Price wears her musical influences on her sleeve: “About to Find Out” echoes Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City”; the ghost of George Jones rings through “Since You Put Me Down”; the spirit of inmate Merle Haggard on “Weekender”; and the gentle tones of Dolly Parton on “World’s Greatest Loser”, etc.
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Hammond rebels against this characterization and the idea that his position on the pipeline should be reflected in his farming.
“The people in the food movement have a lot of ideas about how farming should be reformed, and I think a lot of them are correct,” Genoways says, “but they’re not grounded in very much knowledge of the pressures farmers face and the reasons they aren’t reforming.”In other words, Hammond lives in the real world, where ideals aren’t always practical in the present.
You’d think this would put him square in the camp with organic, sustainable and cruelty-free farming, but Hammond also uses satellite guided machinery, chemicals, and GMO seeds to grow his products and raise his cattle.
In other words, he’s not the type of Midwest farmer you’d think would complain about having an oil pipeline bring jobs into his neighborhood.
However, feeling good is not what the album’s about.
While Price hails from Nashville these days and sounds like it with her Southern accent, she trashes its musical politics in “This Town Gets Around” with lines like, “Well as the saying goes / It’s not who you know / but it’s who you blow / who will put you in the show." Price reverses the conventional wisdom and labels Nashville the whore and its musicians merely servants.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a cabinet-level agency that oversees the American farming industry.