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Maybe We'll Make It

Maybe We'll Make It
A Memoir

Country music star Margo Price shares the story of her struggle to make it in an industry that preys on its ingenues while trying to move on from devastating personal tragedies.

Series: American Music Series, Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Endowment

October 2022
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256 pages | 6 x 9 | 20 b&w photos |

When Margo Price was nineteen years old, she dropped out of college and moved to Nashville to become a musician. She busked on the street, played open mics, and even threw out her TV so that she would do nothing but write songs. She met Jeremy Ivey, a fellow musician who would become her closest collaborator and her husband. But after working on their craft for more than a decade, Price and Ivey had no label, no band, and plenty of heartache.

Maybe We’ll Make It is a memoir of loss, motherhood, and the search for artistic freedom in the midst of the agony experienced by so many aspiring musicians: bad gigs and long tours, rejection and sexual harassment, too much drinking and barely enough money to live on. Price, though, refused to break, and turned her lowest moments into the classic country songs that eventually comprised the debut album that launched her career. In the authentic voice hailed by Pitchfork for tackling "Steinbeck-sized issues with no-bullshit humility," Price shares the stories that became songs, and the small acts of love and camaraderie it takes to survive in a music industry that is often unkind to women. Now a Grammy-nominated “Best New Artist,” Price tells a love story of music, collaboration, and the struggle to build a career while trying to maintain her singular voice and style.



  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1. The Unpaved Road
  • Chapter 2. Rearview Mirror
  • Chapter 3. Fifty-Seven Dollars
  • Chapter 4. Strays
  • Chapter 5. Lay Around with the Dogs
  • Chapter 6. This Town Gets Around (and Around and Around)
  • Chapter 7. Black Water
  • Chapter 8. Stealing from Thieves
  • Chapter 9. Floating
  • Chapter 10. Pearls to Swine
  • Chapter 11. Hell in the Heartland
  • Chapter 12. Everywhere
  • Chapter 13. Mesa Boogie
  • Chapter 14. C for California
  • Chapter 15. Aimless Fate
  • Chapter 16. Ball and Unchained
  • Chapter 17. New Mama
  • Chapter 18. Ezra and Judah
  • Chapter 19. Drowning
  • Chapter 20. Uppers, Downers, Out-of-Towners
  • Chapter 21. Burn Whatever’s Left
  • Chapter 22. Treading Water
  • Chapter 23. Weekender
  • Chapter 24. A Band of My Own
  • Chapter 25. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  • Chapter 26. One Dark Horse
  • Chapter 27. The Recent Future
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments

Margo Price is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. She has released three LPs, earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and performed on Saturday Night Live, and is the first female musician to sit on the board of Farm Aid.


“Margo's book hits you right in the gut—and the heart—just like her songs.”
Willie Nelson

“Margo’s beautifully captured story pulled me in from the start. She’s my musical sister, and I loved this book.”
Lucinda Williams

“This is a love story. Whether it's gentle or tough love, and whether it's in times of ease or struggle, these pages reveal Margo’s true love affair with music, her passion for family and friends, and her weaving together of artistic victories in the face of life challenges.”
Valerie June

“No artist in America is guaranteed a living; the best this country can offer is the chance to make a life in the margins while you search for an open door. Margo Price’s remarkable memoir is about what it really means to take that deal, and all the freedom and precarity that come with it. Of course there’s music in this book, on a pure phrase-by-phrase level—a driving rhythm, lines as true as over-the-shoulder darts finding the bull's-eye. But the whole point of Margo’s account of a working songwriter and working parent’s switchback climb to a sustainable twenty-first-century existence, both onstage and off, is that even talent on loan from God won’t put gas in the van. You have to be braver than an acrobat to walk this path at all, let alone walk it without compromise. Anyone who’s ever bared their heart to empty rooms and measured out time in smashed bottles, dreaming of just breaking even, will see themselves in this story.”
Alex Pappademas