Country music source, Taste of Country just posted an article with their list of the most powerful women in country. Kacey came in at No. 26! Read the full article below:
Kacey Musgraves makes this list of great country women because she was a powerful influencer at a time that one was sorely needed.
The singer found a potent mix of traditional country themes and pop melodies that endeared her to fans of both. Songwriting is her greatest talent, with no disrespect meant to her singing and performance skills. Singles like “Merry Go ‘Round,” “Follow Your Arrow” and “Biscuits” were sharp and catchy, but never shallow. Musgraves’ music is a diversion when it’s played on the radio, which is both why she’s so popular and why she has yet to have that big radio hit.
Dig deeper into her two (so far) studio albums to find what are perhaps her best and most dynamic songs. “Late to the Party” shows a sweeter side to her personality, while “Family Is Family” finds a way to capture an honest love for friends and family. She doesn’t censor — ever — and since her introduction has encouraged listeners to follow their hearts and be who they are, no matter their color or creed. The songs from Pageant Material step away from the small-town malaise she so accurately portrayed on Same Trailer, Different Park. At 24 years old she was an old, wise soul.
Musgraves’ bucking of the system has created space for women in country music to thrive when radio ignores them. Cam and Ashley Monroe live here. Do we have Maren Morris without Musgraves stepping up first? It’s a difficult, but fair question. All thrive as album artists that refuse to sacrifice art for the sake of commercialism. One could say the same thing about many of the artists who top of this list of country music’s most powerful women, which is being revealed one great woman at a time, all month long.
Is Kacey Musgraves the next Miranda Lambert? Here’s to hoping.
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We have added 12 new high-quality images of a photoshoot Kacey did in February for her living room makeover with A Beautiful Mess. I also used these photos to create the new theme you see here on our site. ♥ Take a look at the photos in our gallery – enjoy!
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The home decor website & shop Domino recently interviewed Kacey Musgraves about her home in Nashville and even let us take a look inside!
Kacey Musgraves is releasing her song “Biscuits” on March 16th! The song will be available to download on iTunes. Check out a new gorgeous photo of Kacey rocking her Biscuits shirt in our gallery.
Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will be releasing a new single, “Biscuits,” to country radio March 16th. This will be the debut single from her upcoming Mercury Records Nashville sophomore album which follows up GRAMMY “Best Country Album” and ACM “Album Of The Year” winner, Same Trailer Different Park.
“Biscuits” was written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally, and Brandy Clark, and will be available at iTunes March 17th.
“I’m very proud to be kickin’ things off with Biscuits! I think it’s the perfect preview to the record we had SO much fun making,” exclaimed Musgraves. “The sound of this song represents so many of the things I love about country music. And be warned – it may inspire a square dance.”
Musgraves is currently on the road headlining her ‘Same Tour Different Trailer’ tour across the US.
Cool news, guys – Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson are planning to do a song together, maybe it’ll be on Kacey’s next album? That would be awesome! Read more below…
Kacey Musgraves has been on tour this month with Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss. And according to a new interview with Nelson in, of all places, CelebStoner, the “Merry Go Round” singer and the country legend are planning to collaborate on a recording project.
“Kacey and I are planning on doing a song together,” Nelson said in the interview, “an old song I wrote called ‘You Sure This Is Where You Want to Be.’ We’re going to do some recording together and that’s going to be cool.”
Nelson wrote the song (with Buddy Emmons) decades ago, and it first appeared on his 1965 album Country Willie – His Own Songs under the title “Are You Sure.” The song also appeared on the stripped-down 2003 collection Crazy: The Demo Sessions.
Musgraves has already gone on record as a big fan of that particular song. In a 2013 Facebook post, she called it “two minutes and 13 seconds of the realest s–t you’ll ever hear. Never gets old.”
Dress rehearsal for “Crossroads,” the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony’s Culver City lot, she slips out of her Jeremy Scott tube-sock dress and into a white bathrobe and flip-flops, clearly unconcerned about who might be watching.
“I’ve seen her naked,” says Perry, 29, motioning to Musgraves.
”A couple of times,” Musgraves, 25, confirms. “And it won’t be the last.”
Further occasions for dressing-room exhibitionism will come in August, when Musgraves joins Perry’s arena tour for 15 dates and the better part of a month. It’s an interesting move for both. Headliners often bestow their validation, and the benefit of exposure, on opening acts they admire. “I always like to introduce great music to the people in the audience,” says Perry. But pop princesses like Perry don’t often pick country newcomers. And while the other acts opening various legs of Perry’s U.S. tour — Capital Cities and Tegan & Sara — make oddball pop music, both have had top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” peaked at No. 60 on the Hot 100 and reached No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
The contrasts between the two are evident when they take the stage the next night, from head (lime-green shoulder-length choppy cut for Perry, long Loretta Lynn curls for Musgraves) to toe (Manolo Blahniks for Perry, custom-made Old Gringo boots for Musgraves). But so are the commonalities. Both are all-American girls who get away with pushing the boundaries. Perry broke out in 2008 with “I Kissed a Girl”; Musgraves endorsed the same behavior in 2013’s “Follow Your Arrow,” a song about those who find the straight and narrow “a little too straight.”
No doubt in both cases this represents a sensibility shaped by a combination of a conservative background with a moral and artistic restlessness. Perry is the child of evangelical ministers. As for Musgraves, “My parents aren’t crazy conservative,” she says. “They’re actually pretty open-minded. But my grandparents are, and where I’m from, East Texas, is the Bible Belt.” So she can relate to Perry on that score. “It gave us perspective because we both have that. But we both left those worlds.”
”We left those worlds, but we kept our compasses,” Perry adds. (“Awww,” Musgraves interjects.)”I think [Kacey] straddles the line like I straddle the line of appropriateness and still maintaining a sexuality that is healthy and exciting. And it’s not all about that. It’s about sending inspiring and empowering messages and being a think-for-yourself type of woman.” These two freethinkers crossed paths when Musgraves released the first single from “Same Trailer Different Park,” “Merry Go ‘Round,” in September 2012. Perry tweeted her love for it. “I understand that I have a lot of followers on Twitter, and one tweet can go a distance,” she says.
Musgraves felt the effects at a distance — she was crossing a street in Dublin when she glanced at her phone and saw her Twitter following spike. But Perry wasn’t done yet. “Stalked her on the Internet, as I do with everyone,” says Perry, who reached out to bring Musgraves to Los Angeles to work on the early writing sessions for “Prism.” Though those songs didn’t make the record, a partnership was born. Musgraves — along with Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding and Tegan & Sara — was part of Perry’s We Can Survive concert, a benefit for young women with breast cancer, at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, in October 2013. And the two got in another studio session at the time. “A good song came out of it,” Musgraves told Billboard in December. “I love when brains come together with different colors and influences to throw into the mix. We’re fans of each other, so it works.” The announcement of the “Crossroads” taping followed a few months later.
The stakes are high for Musgraves to leverage her association with Perry into crossover opportunities in radio and touring alike. Although she has played a handful of stadium dates as an opener for Kenny Chesney and just wrapped an arena run with Lady Antebellum, her own draw as a headliner tells a more interesting story. On her most recent club tour, at the end of 2013, she played 800- to 1,000-capacity venues like Detroit’s Saint Andrews Hall and New York’s Bowery Ballroom — rooms more commonly associated with the latest indie-rock craze than a Nashville newbie. Playing to mainstream crowds in the Midwest and Canada could provide the exposure Musgraves needs to go from critical fave to Taylor Swift-like crossover. “It’s an amazing pop look, the stamp of validation in another world for Kacey Musgraves from the queen, Katy,” says Mitch Rose, head of the Los Angeles music department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which booked both artists on the tour.
We’ve added High-Quality screen captures from Kacey and Katy’s Billboard interview to the gallery – both ladies are completely flawless – who isn’t excited for this pairing!? It’s gonna be amazing! ♥
Kacey Musgraves continues to color outside the lines, as she becomes the only country artist confirmed to play this year’s Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She’ll take the stage alongside headliners Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the event known as the world’s only gourmet music festival.
Outside Lands takes place August 8-10, with tickets going on sale this Thursday. Later this year, the ACM Album of the Year winner heads out for half a dozen dates opening for pop superstar Katy Perry on her Prismatic tour. The two will also tape an episode of CMT Crossroads next month.
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Technically, it might not be a vacation for Kacey Musgraves, although she surely deserves one. Nonetheless, the 19th annual Key West Songwriters Festival is a trip few of us would turn down. It’s a chance to party, play and possibly write another smash with some of the best songwriters on the planet.
Musgraves and Sara Evans are among the artists set to hit the sand and surf during the festival taking place May 7-11 in Key West, Fla. Others performers include 2013 BMI Icon recipient Dean Dillon, American Idol runner-up Kree Harrison, Robert Earl Keen, Rhett Akins, Sundy Best, Love and Theft, Matraca Berg, Jon Randall, Anders Osborne and the legendary Tony Joe White, to name a few.
Kacey Musgraves made her major record label debut one year ago last week.
Since then she has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, at the massive Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo, given knock-out performances on national television award shows and earned two Grammy awards to put on her mantle.
“It’s really hard to remember everything that’s happened,” Musgraves said in a recent telephone interview. “It’s been one mind-blowing thing after another that it put me on such an incredible high. To even make the record in the first place, it was incredible.”
Her latest adventure is hitting the road with Lady Antebellum and Kip Moore, a tour that stops in Tulsa on Friday. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the BOK Center with doors set to open at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $34.50 and are available at bokcenter.com.
While “Same Trailer Different Park” wasn’t Musgraves’ first album, the 25-year-old east Texas native struck gold with the album, bringing a more traditional country style to younger fans while writing lyrics from her heart, she said.
And not only has she been able to reach country fans, but this fall she’ll tour with pop star Katy Perry, showing her influence beyond country confines.
“It made me feel like I did my job as a musician, as a songwriter, and the fact that it was bridging gaps like that,” Musgraves said. “You just want to make music that’s good across the board no matter what genre really it technically is in.”
Writing with star songwriters Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, who also co-produced the album with Musgraves, “Same Trailer Different Park” is the best representation of her musically and lyrically.
“I got to write songs that really were inspired by things I really was going through and really got to express myself with all the wonderful musicians that played on the record,” Musgraves said. “It was just this collaborative effort that I was really proud of. It really sums me up, I think, artistically.”
The songs are written from a perspective many can relate to, especially younger country music fans. “Follow Your Arrow” champions being one’s self while calling out hypocrisy. “Merry Go Round,” which won the Grammy for Best Country Song last month, presents a difficult view of rural living that is familiar to many.
Musgraves’ sweet voice makes these songs sound even more familiar and instrumentation that draws from more traditional country that Musgraves grew up on.
One of her major influences was that old country and Western swing that got its start in Texas and Oklahoma. Bringing that style to a current audience is part of what drives Musgraves.
“I grew up singing Western swing and really traditional country music so it’s been cool to take elements of that that really inspire me and have stuck with me through the years and freshen it, make it a little more modern and put my own spin on it and make the record that I got to make,” Musgraves said. “If I can be any part of preserving the parts of country music that I’m really proud of, then I’m really happy.”
So, naturally, she’s excited to play in Tulsa, home of Cain’s Ballroom and Bob Wills.
“I love Bob Wills actually; I’m a big fan,” Musgraves said. “We were just listening to him on the bus the other night. Such clever little songs and arrangements. I know all of our band guys are inspired by him. We might have to bust out a Bob Wills song.”
Also, the tour stop is the closest for her east Texas family.
“So they’re all driving up and I’ll definitely put on my A-game,” Musgraves said.
Musgraves also hits the road in June with Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss (though the tour stop in Oklahoma City will feature Jason Isbell instead).
For the moment, Musgraves said she is enjoying bringing that music to as many people as she can. But making new music is on her mind.
“I get asked a lot if I’m feeling more pressure because the first one did so well, but no, I think that just validates the fact that I’m doing what I need to be doing,” Musgraves said. “It makes me really excited to put out more music.”
Kacey Musgraves wasn’t sad to learn about the passing of Fred Phelps, the founder of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. In fact, she tweeted Thursday afternoon, “Who wants to picket Fred Phelp’ funeral?”
The 84-year-old Phelps died Wednesday in Kansas. His church regularly picketed the funerals of gays, lesbians and even military personnel in their crusade against homosexuality.
In other Kacey news, she’s headed back to Europe this summer for another run of shows. The trek kicks off in Manchester, England on June 27 and wraps up on July 10 in Dublin. She’ll hit Amsterdam, Oslo, London and Glasgow in between.
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