Price has always approached her music on her own terms, refusing
to go on tour, refusing to give up her cherished Tuesday night gig
at the Continental Club, even refusing to stand up while she sings.
Her casual and relaxed front porch style of delivery don't take
any power from her bluesy vocals. In fact, she claims that sitting
down to sing actually enhances her vocals because she can "really
Gwil Owen, an old friend from Toni's Nashville days, has been a
mainstay in her music. Owen has written half of Toni's recorded
material. His songs are perfect for her voice and soulful delivery.
Or maybe it's that her voice is perfect for his songs. Toni fills
the Continental Club in Austin Texas every Tuesday evening with
shoulder to shoulder fans, some of whom have seen her perform hundreds
of times. Inside the dim regions of the Continental, surrounded
by posters of herself and dozens of other blues greats, she takes
a chair at center stage and sets off on a two hour excursion through
rock, country, blues, mountain music, torch songs, and jazzy scat.
Her popularity in Austin is a strong part of the foundation bearing
Austin up as the live music capital of the world.
A gig at Antone's Blues Club at SXSW in 1989 brought Toni to Austin
for the first time. Austin won her over immediately. "It wasn't
until I came to Austin that I realized that I wasn't alone in the
universe," she says. "I came to understand that I had compadres
here - musicians, and audiences - people who wanted and needed real
music. I'd been through all the styles, all the gymnastics, without
realizing that I was really supposed to just go out and sing - sing
songs that had meaning to me." Excerpt from Music
Austin. Additional information can be found at toniprice.com