The country music community has come a long way since Merle Haggard proclaimed, “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee / We don’t take our trips on LSD” in 1969’s “Okie from Muskogee.” Today, country singers happily exhibit their affinities for mind-altering substances, both in song and in their personal lives. Kacey Musgraves practically invented the Western-trip genre with her gauzy, psychedelic Golden Hour (looking at you, “Slow Burn”); megastar Jake Owen has all but opened his own dispensary.
Another such songstress is Margo Price, a pot aficionado who’s caught the attention of none other than country’s green king himself, Willie Nelson. Price is launching her own strain of pot by way of Willie’s Reserve, Nelson’s personal cannabis brand, reports High Times. It doesn’t have a name or release date yet, but Price says her strain will be of the indica variety.
Price’s grow partnership with Nelson was set ablaze when she attended Luck Reunion, his weed tasting party in Austin, Texas. She’s quite vocal in her support for marijuana legalization everywhere, but told High Times there’s still a long way to go in her hometown, Nashville, Tenn.:
It honestly feels like if you don’t drink, you’re just not going to be considered ‘cool’ by a lot of the performers here. I do drink, but I practice really strong moderation because it makes me feel like shit, but I look forward to a day when I can be completely open with preferring to just smoke. I think it makes everyone completely peaceful, along with all the other benefits. There’s just such a grey area for it around here: I feel like it’s pretty socially accepted, but it’s really not in certain circles here. That’s why I mostly hang out with musicians; they’re outsiders and weirdos, anyway.
Price and Nelson are collaborators in the musical sphere, as well. She’ll appear at his Outlaw Music Festival Tour this summer, and they’re both on the same bill at Farm Aid, happening Sept. 22.
You don’t have to wait until 4:20 to enjoy Margo Price’s music: listen to the Americana queen’s 2015 Daytrotter session below. While you’re at it, watch Price, who’s signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records, join him onstage at the Ryman in Nashville right here. Revisit our review of Price’s 2017 album All American Made here.