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.”
That’s right, guys! Kacey will be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday, June 12! Be sure to set your DVR’s to record this one! She will be promoting her CMT Crossroads special, which airs the next day, June 13!
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Congratulations, Kacey! “Follow Your Arrow” has inspired all of us to do what we love and say what’s true to our hearts! ♥ So proud of Kacey for writing such meaningful lyrics.
39. Kacey Musgraves, ‘Follow Your Arrow’ (2013)
“Even if [people] don’t agree with the girls-kissing-girls thing or even the drug reference,” Musgraves said about her breakthrough song, “I would hope that they would agree that no matter what, we all should be able to love who we want to love and live how we want to live.” The heart of her drama lies in waiting for the establishment to catch up. Censored at the Country Music Association Awards and lionized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, 25-year-old Kacey Musgraves has become one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values. But like most of her debut Same Trailer, Different Park, “Follow Your Arrow” isn’t an attack on conservatism so much as an attack on any system that keeps us from being who we are, gay or straight, sober or stoned.
Kacey Musgraves is nominated for the 2014 CMT Music Awards! “Follow Your Arrow” is up for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year! Congratulations to Kacey for being nominated twice! The awards show will air live on June 4 at 8/7C!
Follow the links below to vote for Kacey Musgraves’ music video “Follow Your Arrow” for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year.
Kacey is going to be the first-ever country artist performing at the GLAAD Awards on May 3, 2014! You can be sure that we will post the pictures and videos of her performance as well! Read for more information below:
For the first time in its 25-year history, the people of GLAAD have invited a country singer to perform at their big event in New York City. And that singer is Kacey Musgraves.
Why Musgraves, and why now? Because GLAAD — the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization — thinks her YOLO-themed song “Follow Your Arrow” is the right kind of message for right now.
“America’s heartland is changing, and support for equality continues to grow across party lines, in our faith institutions and in country music,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release announcing the event. “Kacey Musgraves is ushering in a new era in the country music industry, where supporting all loving families is now a core country value. It’s only fitting then that Kacey is to become the first country music artist to perform at the New York GLAAD Media Awards.”
The press release notes that Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” her single from 2013, “broke barriers in the country music industry.” Not just because of the “make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into” lyric. It’s more about the big picture of acceptance that Musgraves paints with the simple line, “Love who you love.”
The awards show recognizes media and individuals, like Musgraves, for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.
The event will be held May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Openly gay country music artist Chely Wright will introduce Musgraves.
Kacey has taped her CMT Crossroads performance with Katy Perry! We have the scoop below on the songs they performed, along with high-quality images from the performance in our gallery. Enjoy! Also, please credit Kacey-Musgraves.net if you use these photos!
LOS ANGELES—For the 50th episode of its genre-swapping performance show, “Crossroads,” CMT turned to two female performers at the top of their game: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves. (SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you don’t know the songs they performed)
The taping, which took place Friday night (18) at Sony Studios, served as a precursor for what to expect when the two acts tour together this summer, as well as showed that the bridge between Musgraves’ traditional county tunes and Perry’s power pop isn’t as long a one as it might seem. That’s, in part, because Perry came prepared to cross the divide into country and seemed eager to show off her singer/songwriter side. For sure, she’s done that before in her ballads, such as “Not Like The Movies” or “Unconditionally,” but she’s best known for her uptempo, fun confections.
Also notable about this “Crossroads” iteration is that it’s one of the few in the more than four dozen tapings that features two solo females squaring off, following Dolly Parton and Melissa Etheridge, Martina McBride and Pat Benatar, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, and LeAnn Rimes and Joss Stone.
On a stage festooned with neon cacti (a motif Musgraves often employs) and palm trees, the two singers took the stage in equally sparkly outfits: Musgraves in a shorts set with fringe and hi-watt rhinestones and Perry in a glittery leotard and see-through purple skirt.
They first tackled a number of Musgraves’ tunes from her excellent debut album, “Same Trailer, Different Park,” including “Step Off,” and her breakthrough hit, “Merry Go ‘Round.” “A couple of years ago, Katy found this song and tweeted about it,” Musgraves recalled. “I was in Dublin and my Twitter starting blow up.” Perry has been a Musgraves champion ever since. As they traded off on verses on “Merry Go ‘Round,” Perry sang in a deeper, huskier register than she normally employs.
Following Musgraves’ bittersweet “Keep It To Yourself,” the two went into an even more heartbreaking tune: a cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, and made famous by Bonnie Raitt in 1991. Their voices wrapped around each other on the sorrowful tune.
Things lightened up with Musgraves’ affirming, peppy “Follow Your Arrow,” a tune Perry revealed Musgraves played for her in the studio and even suggested Perry cut. Perry, who had kissed a girl years before Musgraves suggested the action in “Arrow,” said, “I was like, ‘you need to keep this for yourself!’” Trading versions, they shared sweet harmonies on the verses before Perry leaned over and gave Musgraves a quick peck on the cheek,
The camaraderie between the two was obvious with Musgraves playing the quieter, shier sister to Perry’s bolder, brassier, more experienced sibling, but Musgraves shrinks in no one’s shadow. After the pair had to re-record Perry’s crackling “Firework” (recast as in an acoustic, more elegant version, complete with pedal steel), Musgraves’ joked “I was perfect, that’s all I can say.” For her part, Perry said, “If I sing this song one more time, I’m going to turn into a firework.”
For their second cover, they chose Dolly Parton’s ‘70s hit, “Here You Come Again.” “One time, Katy told me I’m like Dolly Parton without the tits,” Musgraves said, with the busy Perry quickly adding, “I’m like Dolly Parton with the tits. “
While all the numbers works, the pairing really soared on Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” taking the song about young carnal love to a new, effervescent place. It was the clear highlight of the night. They ended the night with Perry’s mega hit, “Roar,” with Musgraves’ range and Perry’s power providing perfect the perfect complement to each other.
Perry and Musgraves’ episode of “Crossroads” premieres on CMT on June 13. Their tour together starts June 22.
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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How exciting and crazy is this!!? Kacey Musgraves and her tourmate and friend Katy Perry will be performing on CMT Crossroads together! The show is on Friday, June 13th at 10/9C and will air on CMT! Click here to see the poster for the event! This episode will celebrate the 50th episode of CMT Crossroads!
This is what Kacey posted on her Facebook page:
SAVE THE DATE, Y’ALL! Katy Perry & I are gonna be on #CMTcrossroads June 13 sangin each other’s songs on CMT! #imalittlebitcountry #shesabitofrockandroll
What Katy had to say about Kacey and Kacey had to say about Katy:
“From the moment I heard ‘Merry Go Round’ by Kacey Musgraves, I knew we were cut from the same songwriter’s cloth,” Perry tells Billboard in a statement. “I have been a fan and a friend of hers from the beginning, always championing her prolific songs every opportunity I get. To me, Kacey Musgraves is an artist that should be a household name because she offers a unique perspective with her writing style. It’s going to be a BLAST to play on each other’s songs this Crossroads. It will be a preview to our Prismatic World Tour road trip this summer WHICH I CAN’T WAIT FOR!”
Musgraves adds in a statement, “I’ve been such a HUGE fan of Katy and her vision since I found out about her. And since she’s found out about me she’s been an amazing light and friend to me. So, joining forces with her for Crossroads is going to be incredible. In some ways we’re on opposite ends of the spectrum, but in a lot of ways our music makes total sense together. Her songs, while having grit, are so fun and it’ll be a cool challenge to throw a little country on ’em. I love her brain and her heart and I can’t wait for our two musical worlds to collide!”
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.
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.