The National Football League helped music and sports fans roll into the Christmas break with its regular schedule of games being played across the country over the weekend. While the singing of the country’s national anthem has been one of the more controversial parts of an already violently controversial sport, one cannot deny that there can still be some impressive performances of the “Star Spangled Banner” from today’s contemporary pop singers which inspire music fans, who otherwise may not have tuned into the game at all. One of those performances from this past week came from country/Americana singer-songwriter, Margo Price, who was invited to perform the patriotic song in front of her hometown fans in Nashville ahead of the Tennessee Titans game on Saturday.
Price shared a portion of her performance ahead of the game on Saturday to her Facebook and can be watched in the video below. The country singer ditched her cowgirl hat and trademark dresses for a Titans jersey for the event. Price sounds wonderful in sticking within her own vocal abilities in the latter half of the song, which is a very difficult one to sing live considering its wide range in melodic notation. She made a point in addressing her lack of experience and desire not to try too hard in singing the well-known song following the performance.
“In case ya missed it, my rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at yesterday’s Titans game,” Price shared in a post to her Twitter page on Sunday. “I haven’t sang it since I was 18... but I did it many times in Jr. High & High School. I’ve always preferred to sing it straightforward, with very little vocal runs or improvisation.”
Price’s appearance at the football event over the weekend may not have included any of her own material, but it was one of her last public performances of the year as 2018 heads into its final week. The singer/guitarist is scheduled to make her way north with shows alongside Lily Hyatt in Washington, Philadelphia and Asbury Park, New Jersey leading up to her headlining show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York City on New Year's Eve. Tickets for the December 31 show in Brooklyn are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.