Maybe We'll Make It: A Memoir (American Music Series) (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


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

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

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

[An] engaging and beautifully narrated quest for personal fulfillment and musical recognition...This is a fast-paced tale in which music and love always take center stage...A truly gifted musician, Price writes about her journey with refreshing candor.
— Kirkus, starred review

[A] dazzling debut...Told with moving candor, Price’s tale of overcoming squalor and pain provides powerful emotional context to her hard-won country music stardom. Fans will adore this story of survival.
— Publishers Weekly

[Maybe We'll Make It] documents [Price's] prolonged plight and the unsung truth of breaking into the biz: It’s not glamorous...Her candid memoir takes the reader on a life-affirming journey.
— BuzzFeed News
Product Details
ISBN: 9781477323502
ISBN-10: 1477323503
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: American Music Series