Toni Price
Toni Price

Toni Price grew up singing in Nashville, Tennessee. A gig at Antone's Blues Club at SXSW in 1989 brought Toni to Austin, Texas, for the first time. The town won her over immediately. She relocated to Austin and quickly became known as "the toast of Austin." To the consternation of her record label, she seldom leaves. Called the "chanteuse of twang" by Rolling Stone, Toni 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 Austin's revered Continental Club, even refusing to stand up while she sings country & blues, sometimes at the same time. Her casual and relaxed front porch style of delivery doesn't take any power from her bluesy vocals however; she claims that sitting down to sing actually enhances her vocals because she can "really crunch" as she puts it. She fills the Continental Club 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. For visitors to Austin, it is a must see show as witnessed by the long lines of folks outside the Continental Club on South Congress come Tuesday night. Her popularity in Austin is a strong part of the foundation bearing Austin up as the "live music capital of the world." The mantra now is "Every Tuesday until the Twelfth of Never." And until her daughter is grown, that's the way its goin' to be. But after that, you just might see her hit the road.

In the pantheon of American music, there are great performers of blues, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, pop, jazz, and country, but who can do them all except Toni Price? What makes Toni unique is that she knows only one way to do things -- her way. She sings only songs that she can sincerely relate to. She does not play a musical instrument; she is a musical instrument. Toni sings with all the power of what she calls "a lot of pain I had to let out." "I'm about songs and singing", Toni says. "It's a two-way gift. I give my energy to people and they give theirs back to me."