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Kacey Musgraves to Play Outside Lands Festival

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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Kacey Musgraves Gears Up for Key West Songwriters Music Festival

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.

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Kacey Musgraves Gives Traditional Country Sounds a Modern Twist

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

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.”

[Tulsa World]

Article: Kacey Musgraves Wants to Picket Fred Phelps’ Funeral

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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“Keep it to Yourself” is Kacey’s 4th Single!

Are you guys as stoked for this as we are? I really hope this song makes a big impact on country radio so more people realize how amazing Kacey truly is. Read the article below:

The fourth single from Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ album isn’t nearly as risky as her last, or the two before it. ‘Keep It to Yourself’ is a straight-forward country heartbreak song that finds the singer turning the corner on the depression that often comes after a bad breakup.

Musgraves performs the song in the same understated way she sings almost everything on ‘Same Trailer …’ ‘Stupid’ may be the one exception to the quiet coffee shop tone she’s made her signature. This isn’t to say her words lack impact, however. Once again, the Texan’s sharp songwriting is on display.

“You turn on the light then you turn it back off / ‘Cause sleepin’ alone, yeah, it ain’t what you thought / It’s the drip of the sink, it’s the click of the clock / And you’re wondering if I’m sleepin’,” Musgraves sings to begin this song.

Some will say this is Musgraves’ most “pure country” release to date, and production-wise, that holds true. Piano and the familiar whine of a pedal steel power the moodiness of this ballad. Lyrically, her stories have always been expressions of real life events, which is one definition of country music. The packaging for ‘Keep It to Yourself’ is just easier to hold and access.

“Keep it to yourself / If you think that you still love me put it on a shelf / If you’re lookin’ for someone, make it someone else / When you’re drunk / And it’s late / And you’re missin’ me like hell / Keep it to yourself,” she adds in the chorus.

‘Follow Your Arrow’ received a ton of attention, but not much radio airplay. ‘Keep It to Yourself’ is vanilla by comparison, but like everything Musgraves writes and records, the song takes a familiar experience and makes it sound very unique and very fresh.

Why Fans Will Love It: The understated love song expresses how many feel as they begin to get over a broken relationship. It’s nice to have a song like this that doesn’t involve violence.

Key Lyrics: “When you’re drunk / And it’s late / And you’re missin’ me like hell / Keep it to yourself”

Did You Know?: Musgraves has a lot riding on her current relationship with boyfriend Misa Arriaga. He’s a key member of her band, playing guitar and often adding backing vocals.

[Taste of Country]

Article: “Kacey Musgraves OK with FOrging her own Path

Here’s a new article posted two days ago from Suntimes – enjoy!

Taking the stage at the Grammy Awards last month with a flowing gown of blush pink, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves made a tearjerker of an acceptance speech for best country song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and best country album (“Same Trailer Different Park”). Minutes later, the 25-year-old Texan ditched the flowing gown for a country-western get-up featuring illuminated boots.

In just a short time, Musgraves showed the world that she truly does follow her arrow, wherever it points.

“[Laughs] Yes, I saw a lot of people in that crowd a bit wonderstruck by our electric suits,” says Musgraves of the Grammy performance of her latest single, “Follow Your Arrow.” “Getting up on that stage was a full-circle moment and very humbling and flattering. I mean, it’s the highest honor you can receive in music. But I don’t know if it changed my life. It’s hard to get the perspective on that. If anything, it’s going to allow me to stick around and do what I love a lot longer.”

In the year since her debut album was released, Musgraves has gained a legion of fans who find themselves drowning within the lyrics of her songs and keeping her album at the top of the charts — from girls that got “bored and got married” to guys who found the “straight and narrow a bit too straight.”

“I loved watching the album go back to number one after the Grammys,” says Musgraves of “Same Trailer Different Park,” which made her as the first solo female country artist in five years to open at No. 1 with a rookie release. “It’s cool to see a project that means so much to me continue to have life. You only get to make your first record one time. So I want to hold on to it as long as I can.”

With a tour schedule that has Musgraves sharing the stage this summer with everyone from Willie Nelson to Katy Perry, all indications are that the album still has a lot of life and inspiration left to share.

“I could not ask for a more dream career right now,” says Musgraves, who also goes into April with a slew of Academy of Country Music Awards nominations. “The range of people I am touring with pretty much sums me up musically. I am so into traditional tried-and-true classics, but I’m also into a lot of other things. It’s all about bridging those gaps.”

In fact, Musgraves says “Follow Your Arrow” originally had its eyes on Perry, who passed on the song because she thought it sounded more like Musgraves.

“Katy has been a huge champion of mine, whether in terms of my songwriting or my record,” explains Musgraves. “Even when ‘Merry Go Round’ came out, she was already a huge supporter. We have stayed in touch and truly are mutual fans. It’s all about supporting all kinds of genres. It’s the music and the songwriting that is always the common thread there. Plus, I think it’s going to be cool to see a whole different side of music that I haven’t got to see yet.”

Coming into Chicago Feb. 26 alongside Lady Antebellum and Kip Moore, Musgraves says she is no hurry to start, or try to “one up” her last album anytime soon.

“Everything goes downhill when you start doing that,” she says. “You have to keep doing what you have been doing, no matter how many people like or don’t like it.”


“Same Trailer Different Park” At No. 1 This Week!

Who says you can’t go back? Certainly not Kacey Musgraves, who is celebrating a return to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park.

The project, which has spawned the hits “Merry Go ’Round,” “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow,” popped back into the top seat after Kacey’s performance of “Follow Your Arrow” and win for Best Country Album on the Grammy Awards Feb. 2. She also received a second Grammy award for Best Country Song for “Merry Go ’Round.”

Congratulations to Kacey and her team. And tune in to the season finale of Austin City Limits on PBS this Saturday to see more of Miss Musgraves.

[Country Weekly]

Lady Antebellum Gives Kacey a Treat for Her Grammy Wins!

Kacey Musgraves had a great (and busy) week! The singer nabbed two Grammys last Sunday (Jan. 26) and returned to work on her current tour with Lady Antebellum. The trio surprised the singer with a sweet gift backstage, helping to celebrate the country superstar-in-training and her big wins.

The trio, no stranger to picking up armfuls of Grammys, presented Musgraves with a cake to honor the fact that she took home double Grammy gold. How thoughtful of Lady A to give the new kid on the block a sweet treat! It looks yummy, doesn’t it?

Notice that Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley are holding up two fingers, nodding to Musgraves’ statue haul at last week’s ceremony.

Despite the big win, Musgraves didn’t take time off to celebrate. She pretty much got right back to work, performing as an opener on Lady A’s tour.

Musgraves nabbed Grammys for Best Country Album for ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ and Best Country Song for ‘Merry Go ‘Round.’ Congrats again, Kacey!

Singer Kacey Musgraves is on the Rise

Kacey Musgraves’s four nominations for Sunday’s Grammy Awards speak to just how broad her appeal is. The country singer-songwriter is up for best new artist, in a field that also includes indie electronic artist James Blake, rapper Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and British pop singer Ed Sheeran.

Her latest release, “Same Trailer Different Park,” is nominated for best country album, and she has two nods in the category of best country song, for co-writing her own “Merry Go ’Round” and “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which Miranda Lambert recorded.

Then, of course, there’s Musgraves’s touring schedule. After being on the road with country juggernaut Lady Antebellum, including a show at TD Garden on Jan. 31, Musgraves will join pop star Katy Perry as her opening act on a summer tour that brings them to the Garden on Aug. 1.

Not bad for a 25-year-old artist who self-released her first three albums.

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“It’s overwhelming in the best, most flattering way possible,” Musgraves told the Globe last week as the Grammys loomed.

Q. We’re getting closer to the big night. How are you feeling?

A. Oh, my gosh. I’m just beside myself that I’m even able to be there. I’m freaking out a little, but it’s a good freak-out. My mom is coming as my date.

Q. I don’t know if you have siblings, but that officially makes you the best child ever.

A. She’s never been to an awards show, so I figure this is a good place to start.

Q. What’s Mom going to wear?

A. She doesn’t know yet. My stylist is picking out some stuff for her. She’s never had her hair and makeup done either, so it’s going to be a really nice time for her.

Q. Where were you when you heard about the nominations?

A. I was in Milwaukee, onstage playing a show. Somebody in my camp told me in my in-ears that I had gotten a nomination. I was freaking out and told the crowd. It was the best way to end what was an insane year. It felt validating.

Q. Be honest: Have you written your acceptance speech yet?

A. No, I haven’t. I don’t usually write them. I like to play it by ear when I get up there. If I get to get up there, we’ll see if I can even get a word out. I’d much rather have musical notes coming out of my mouth than words.

Q. You’re going on the road with Katy Perry this summer. What’s your favorite song of hers?

A. Ooh, favorite Katy song? I like a lot of her new record, but I’ve been a fan for a while. She’s ballsy as a songwriter. I mean, “Teenage Dream” is the ultimate pop song. It’s so good – a little melancholy, but really pretty and kind of uplifting.

Q. Not every artist would fit on a lineup with both Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum. What does that say about your career?

A. Since I’ve started, I’ve told everybody that I’m just inspired by music. I love country music and want to continue making it, but most of all I just want to make good music. I’m inspired by so many other things. I just want to appeal to music lovers. I want to be able to play the CMA (Country Music Association) fest and then turn around and play Bonnaroo. I think I’ve been able to do that, and that’s been a dream of mine. All these different things have added to this big quilt I’ve been able to make.

[Boston Globe]

Behind the Meaning of Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round”

What started as a comment from a friend’s mom has garnered country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song. In an interview with, the singer explained how “Merry Go ‘Round” was born and why she fought for it to become her first single.

“‘Merry Go ‘Round’ is a special one. It actually started out from something funny that one of my friend’s mom’s said,” she told “Shane McAnally, he’s one of the guys I wrote it with. His mom was talking about one of her neighbors down the street down in Texas and was saying, ‘Well, I don’t know if she’s selling Mary K or Mary Jane, or something down there. I don’t know what she’s doing.’ So it just made us laugh and as songwriters, we were like, ‘There’s definitely a song in there somewhere.’”

And that there was. Musgraves said that she and songwriters McAnally and Josh Osborne started playing around with all the different kinds of Mary’s that they could sing about.

“A deeper meaning came to life whenever we started really tossing the idea around. We’re all from small towns so we all can relate that way. It’s just a special song about life in general and the patterns that you get into. I feel like it’s something everyone can relate to.”

In an interview before her performance at Katy Perry‘s We Can Survive concert, Musgraves further explained her excitement at the way “Merry Go ‘Round” has resonated with so many.

“I had people all over, it didn’t matter if I was in Texas or if I was in Scotland or New York, people were coming up to me and just saying, ‘That is my life.’ I’ve realized it’s not a small town thing, it’s a life thing. We follow in our parent’s footsteps because that’s what we feel like we should do until we can figure out our own thing.”

Musgraves knew from the audience reaction night after night that “Merry Go ‘Round” had to be her first single.

“When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ because I’m out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with. And, above all, that’s the reason we’re all doing this. I’m really glad that was my first thing to say to the world.”

Musgraves is nominated for four GRAMMYs for Best Country Song for “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Mama’s Broken Heart,” as well as Best New Artist and Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park.

Watch the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS to see if Musgraves takes home her first statue.


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