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.”