Op-Ed: Why Kacey Musgraves Matters to Today’s Country Music

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Riding high on the wave of modern traditionalists that have starting taking over country radio airwaves in recent years, Kacey Musgraves is a breath of fresh air. After what seems like decades of hollow country pop princesses being force-fed to fans, she’s shaking things up and giving young women everywhere a brand new voice to relate to. Press play and follow along as we take a deeper look at why Kacey Musgraves is probably the most important female ambassador of modern country music today. In the early 2000’s country radio was slammed with the onset of bro-country, pushing women to the back-burner and the content they sang about into tiny little boxes of home, family, and love or heartbreak. Taylor Swift is probably the best example of the overall place girls were put in, and as a result, most of country music felt that it lacked substance and real relate-ability for anyone past their prom years. Artists like Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert would come along and make a big splash with a fiery sass or heart-wrenching anthem, but those hits were few and tucked far in-between the tropes of, as Maddie & Tae put it, being a girl in a country song. Then along comes Kacey Musgraves. Right out of the gate, Kacey gave us raised eyebrows and a hidden chuckle or two as she slipped her open-minded point of view onto the airwaves masked in a traditional sound.In the same fashion as the legendary Loretta Lynn did while singing about birth control and taking her man, Kacey pulls no punches when speaking (or singing) her mind in the most conservative platform available, and we love her all the more for it! One of the things country music has always done, and Kacey does so well is bring light to the parts of life that are really hard to talk about. In her track “Merry Go Round” off the album “Same Trailer, Different Park” she manages to capture the exact feeling you get when observing life in the small towns of rural America. The simple truths set against a beautiful but melancholy tone paint a superbly clear picture of something that so often gets glossed over as a anecdotal cliche. Same checks we’re always cashin’ To buy a little more distraction Cause Mamas hooked on Mary Kay Brothers hooked on Mary Jane Daddies hooked on Mary two doors down Mary Mary quite contrary We get bored so we get married And just like dust we settle in this town Her game-changing approach to otherwise controversial topics has made her an icon in young country fans hearts, and a favorite among the legends of the industry. Instead of playing it safe like so many others, she flows head-on into lines about smoking marijuana, girls kissing girls, and being honest about the hardships of life. In a time when pedal steel and rhinestone suits are relics of the past, Kacey Musgraves reminds us all why this sense of pageantry and propriety Continue reading

Watch now: Kacey Musgraves – Butterflies

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The darling of the jukebox, Kacey Musgraves takes us back to that first taste of sweet sweet love with her new single “Butterflies” off her 2018 album “Golden Hour“. “Butterflies” was released to rave reviews, with NPR proclaiming it as “stepping easily beyond any genre category with a sunny sense that this is just where country should be these days.” The track is featured on Kacey’s critically-acclaimed new album Golden Hour, her third #1 debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Golden Hour has been praised by everyone from NPR, Time, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, and The FADER, among others, with USA Today declaring “Golden Hour may be 2018’s best album yet,” and The Huffington Post calling it “the work of a self-assured artist breaking the mold instead of the younger version telling us that one day she would.” Kacey has performed music from Golden Hour on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, TODAY, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and she will make her debut on Saturday Night Live next Saturday, May 12th. Kacey played Stagecoach festival this past weekend, with Noisey announcing her set “proves she’s the best future country music has” and The Los Angeles Times observing Saturday’s lineup “offered a triumphant set from Kacey Musgraves, who delivered on her early promise and handled her new stature as a soon-to-be headliner with confidence.” Kacey will wrap up her tour with Little Big Town this weekend, and will go on to support Harry Styles on his tour this summer. Kacey will kick off her headlining Oh, What A World: Tour this fall in Europe, with additional global dates to be announced. For more information, visit http://www.kaceymusgraves.com/tour.

Kacey Musgraves & Ruston Kelly turn Johnny Cash love letter into new music video ‘To June This Morning’

Kacey Musgraves & Ruston Kelly

Kacey Musgraves & Ruston Kelly feature in the new music video for ‘To June This Morning’ – a re-imagination of a love letter penned by Johnny Cash to June Carter. The video also features Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Watch here – https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/FTJTM_MVPR   ‘To June This Morning’ is taken from ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’, a new collaborative album of Johnny Cash’s unknown poetry, lyrics and letters, now set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists, out now via Legacy Recordings. The latest official music video from ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’ (out now/Legacy Recordings) finds newlyweds Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves turning a love letter that Johnny Cash wrote to June Carter Cash into an all-new ballad. It was filmed at the remains of Johnny and June’s home at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Ruston originally started composing “To June This Morning” as a teenager, based on a love letter that Johnny had written to June as she descended the kitchen stairs one morning in 1970, eight months pregnant with their son John Carter Cash. Years later, when Ruston was asked by John Carter to contribute to this album, he asked his then-fiancée Kacey Musgraves to record the final version with him. The video begins with Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson’s contribution to ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words,’ called “Forever/I Still Miss Someone.” A thematic prologue to both the album and the video, “Forever/I Still Miss Someone” features two of Johnny’s old friends and collaborators: Willie plays the melody to one of Johnny’s songs (“I Still Miss Someone”) while Kris recites one of the final poems Johnny ever wrote, called “Forever.” Says John Carter Cash, “To me, the essences of the tracks “Forever/I Still Miss Someone” and “To June This Morning” are both of hope. My father wrote the poem “Forever” weeks before his passing. “To June This Morning” has the same hope; the words were written in February of 1970, one month before my birth. Together they represent Dad’s enduring hopes, the beauty of faith and the belief in all the good to come…even in the face of his own mortality.” A collaborative album of Johnny Cash’s unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters now set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists, ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’ was released on Friday on Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.  The release has been met with a number of high profile features including CBS This Morning, the NY Times, Rolling Stone, NPR Weekend Edition, Associated Press and much more. Listen to ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’ on all platforms here: https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/Foreverwords_AlbumPR Watch CBS This Morning here: https://bit.ly/2uO9es0NY Times feature: https://nyti.ms/2qa1AmO Rolling Stone feature: https://rol.st/2HjlGmd Listen to NPR Weekend Edition here: https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/WeekendEditionPR Along with Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’ features new songs by Chris Cornell, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter, The Jayhawks and more. Legacy Recordings has previously released the music Continue reading

Listen Now: Kacey Musgraves – Space Cowboy

Spacey Kacey is at it again this time it’s an interstellar heartbreak song as she releases the official audio for her latest track “Space Cowboy“. Anyone who dares to say that Kacey Musgraves isn’t a country music legend in the making is going to be quick to swallow their words after giving this tune a spin. Preorder the new Kacey Musgraves album Golden Hour, releasing March 30th, here: http://strm.to/GoldenHourYD Sign up to the Kacey Musgraves email list here: http://www.kaceymusgraves.com/ Music video by Kacey Musgraves performing Space Cowboy. © 2018 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.  

KACEY MUSGRAVES TO BRING “HIGH TIME” TO DENVER WITH SPECIAL 4/20 PERFORMANCE AT THE BLUEBIRD THEATER

KACEY MUSGRAVES TO BRING “HIGH TIME” TO DENVER WITH SPECIAL 4/20 PERFORMANCE AT THE BLUEBIRD THEATER Tickets for Wednesday, April 20 show on sale now DENVER – APRIL 1, 2016 – Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves announced today at 4:20pm MDT that she will be providing a special treat for her Denver fans with a special 4/20 performance at the famed Bluebird Theater. Tickets for the Wednesday, April 20 performance are on sale now via axs.com. Musgraves’ first two releases with Mercury Records Nashville, Same Trailer Different Park in 2013 and Pageant Material in 2015, both co-produced by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and were met with massive critical acclaim and recognition. Musgraves has won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), and has also taken home the award for New Artist of the Year at 2013’s CMA Awards, the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park), and the 2014 CMA Award for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow”). Her recent tour, The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, launched this past August and has sold-out famous venues all over the world, including the famed Royal Albert Hall in London. Upcoming stops on the tour include Charlotte, NC on April 15 and 16; Wichita, KS on April 28; Des Moines, IA on April 29; and Columbia, MO on April 30. She will also open for George Strait’s exclusive Las Vegas shows, which launch at the T-Mobile Arena April 22 and 23, with additional performances scheduled for September 9 and 10 and December 2 and 3.< Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online via axs.com.

Best Country songs and albums of 2015 According to Billboard

Billboard has just revealed its list of best country singles of the year: Best Country Songs of the Year 1. “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves 2. “Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton 3.  “Burning House,” Cam 4.  “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town 5.  “One Hell Of An Amen,” Brantley Gilbert 6.  “Buy Me A Boat,” Chris Janson 7.  “Better Than You Left Me,” Mickey Guyton 8.  “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett 9.  “Like A Cowboy,” Randy Houser 10.  “Love Me Like You Mean It,” Kelsea Ballerini [bctt tweet=”See who made @Billboard’s #BestOf2015 in country music!”] For Billboard’s top country albums of 2015: http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/year-in-music-2015/6806136/2015-10-best-country-songs-2015-critics-picks Also, Billboard’s Year in Music issue reveals the honorees topping Billboard’s 2015 year-end charts: Top Artist: Taylor Swift Top Billboard 200 Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift Top Hot 100 Song: “Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd Top Artist, Duo/Group: One Direction Top Artist, Female: Taylor Swift Top Artist, Male: Ed Sheeran Top New Artist: Fetty Wap Billboard’s Year End 2015 Charts: http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end Billboard’s Top Artist of 2015 (Taylor Swift): http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2015/top-artis ts Top Hot 100 Songs of 2015: http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2015/hot-100-songs Top Billboard 200 Albums of 2015: http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2015/top-billboard-200-albums

Why Sad Songs Are The Best

Why Sad Songs Mean The Most To Me! If I were to bring out a ballpark figure, I’d say that 90% of my favorite songs are sad, or negative in some way. That’s not a reflection on me as a person! I’m probably one of the happiest and smiliest people you’ll meet, but I don’t think I’m alone on this one. Country music was borne out of hard times and heartbreak, serving the needs of the forgetten, underappreciated and non-privileged working class of America, and coming into its own during times such as The Great Depression. For me, part of the appeal of country music is its dedication to being just about the most depressing, most lonesome music you can find. Sad music tells you that you are not alone in how you’re feeling. Sad music indulges you and helps you cry, making yourself feel better. Sad music puts you in the frame of mind that allows you to dwell on the problems in your life and your own inner heartbreak, which you would otherwise ignore and suck it up for the outside world. Sad music makes us more thoughtful human beings. I’ve also found that sad lyrics are some of the most beautiful around. Negative emotions are almost always complex, and the lyrics which reflect that are the most observant yet poetic and artistic that I have yet to come across. While simplicity in music is welcomed, as a big fan of language, I love the way it can be used to delve into the very heart of emotions, to both convey and understand them in equal parts. But sadness isn’t the only negative emotion. Angry songs can provide you with the confidence to stand up for what it right, and allow you to rent your frustrations. For women, angry songs about sexism and poor treatment can give them the strength to rise above it, in addition to producing feisty, sassy songs that on another level are tons of fun. Even hope is a negative emotion. It is, ultimately, dissatisfaction leading to pondering the possibilities of a life lived without that dissatisfaction. When you say “I hope”, you are wishing for something better than what currently exists. But some hope is more determined than others. Often it is frail and a desperate attempt to outlive the dissatisfaction without it deepening into depression; this is a key characteristic of country songs. Take the Pistol Annies latest record, ‘Annie Up’. Songs like ‘Unhappily Married’ and ‘Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty’, perfectly summarize this chronic dissatisfaction, but instead of fighting for better they find a kind of resigned peace in their situation. Kacey Musgraves’ recent release ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ also looks at the lives of ordinary people, but tracks like ‘Silver Lining’ actively strive for better, with even the pessimistic ‘Blowin’ Smoke’ being full of characters who spend their lives dreaming of a different existence. Still, they are all songs of negativity. It is no coincidence that the song often awarded “best Continue reading

Kacey Musgraves Blowin’ Smoke-Music Video

The Official Music Video For Kacey Musgraves Current Single, “Blowin’ Smoke.” Below is the official music video for Kacey Musgraves single, “Blowin’ Smoke.” The song is the second release from her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. I’m really digging this song. It’s catchy and has some very real lyrics. Those who haven’t heard Musgraves full album, should get on that. The entire album is that, real and honest. This girl has a way with words, but does it in such a casual way. She’s talented. Watch “Blowin’ Smoke” below and tell us what you think.

Kacey Musgraves Merry Go Round Live Performance

Kacey Musgraves Discuss ACM Awards Nominations and Performs Live On The Today Show. Kacey Musgraves stopped by The Today Show last week to promote the release of her amazing new album Same Trailer Different Park. Before her performance she kindly answered the morning show’s clearly clueless anchor, letting him know that country artists don’t really “smack talk” but didn’t shy away from confirming her preference for bluntness (like we didn’t know!). Musgraves performed current single “Merry Go Round,” and did a really great job. Sure, you can hear a little nervousness in her voice, but she handles it like a pro! Watch below. Watch: Kacey Musgraves Performs on The Today Show.

Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park Album Giveaway

Enter to Win A Copy of Kacey Musgraves New Album Same Trailer Different Park! Kacey Musgraves released her debut album Same Trailer Different Park last week, and the web (CMNB included!) is simply a-buzz with high praise for the record. Now we have your chance to win a copy of this stellar album, and all you have to do is just send a simple tweet! Follow the directions below, and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Giveaway Guidelines: Step 1: (If you aren’t already!) Follow us @CMNBlog and @KaceyMusgraves on Twitter! Step 2: Send out the following tweet: “I entered to win a copy of @KaceyMusgraves #SameTrailerDifferentPark from @CMNBlog You can too:http://ow.ly/joZpu #CountryMusic ” Step 3: When we receive you’re tweet, you’re entered to win! Important Info: Winners will be randomly selected and notified individually via Twitter. Prizes were provided by Total Assault. Tweets must be received by 12:00pm Wednesday, April 3rd. Winners will not be eligible for another prize drawing until 90days after this one.