Kacey Musgraves is a pure and genuine musical genius. She performs in the country genre, but she is continually testing the boundaries that she is able to play in and says things that most country singers wouldn’t fathom, receiving plenty of criticism for it along the way.
She is only 26 years old and surprised just about everyone watching when she won multiple Grammy Awards in 2014, observing her rise as the breakout country star that she deserves and she continues to impress audiences with each single.
The Texas native won the Grammy Awards for Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park) and Best Country Song (Merry Go ‘Round), while she was also nominated for Best New Artist and Best Country Song (Mama’s Broken Heart), which was recorded by Miranda Lambert.
Following her Grammy-winning debut album, Kacey Musgraves has a new album due out on June 23rd that her fans have been anxiously waiting for. The new album is titled Pageant Material and she has already released multiple single from the album including “Dime Store Cowgirl,” “Family is Family,” and the hit single “Biscuits” that some radio stations have already banned.
“Biscuits” is another example of her bravery in her selection of words in the song, speaking out to those people who feel that they need to get involved with everyone else’s business, repeating a line of the chorus that says “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy,” a message that was echoed throughout her song “Step Off” on her first album as well.
She also notes in one line “smoke your own smoke” a likely reference to not messing with people who want to smoke marijuana, which she has mentioned on a number of occasions, most notably her award-winning controversial single “Follow Your Arrow.” The single also tackled the issue of same-sex love when she said “Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls, if that’s something you’re into.”
Something that is also important to note about the young country singer is that not only has she already written hit award winning songs for herself, she also co-wrote “Mama’s Broken Heart” with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, the single made famous by Miranda Lambert on her album Four The Record. She has also written songs for country superstars such as Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, and Lucy Hale, as well as multiple songs that have been featured on the ABC series Nashville.
Musgraves’ lyrics will continue to bring in a variety of fans and her music is certainly not just for fans of country music. Perhaps one of her greatest lyrics so far has been “You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t, so you might as well just do whatever you want,” taken from “Follow Your Arrow.”
The song has a number of positive and uplifting lyrics throughout, an anthem that lets people know that whatever choice you make is okay, but the important thing is to follow your dreams. She has been called a rebel in country music in regards to her songwriting decisions, but she feels that it is important to say what is real and true and she continues to do that.
She might not achieve the mainstream success that is enjoyed by Miranda Lambert or Faith Hill, but she draws in a certain audience and it should continue to grow throughout her career once more people are turned on to her brand of songwriting that anyone can appreciate. However, she is only one album into her career with her second out soon and fans could be in for a repeat of awards if it is anything like her debut album.
Kacey Musgraves has been lucky enough to share the stage with several big acts in the country genre since the release of her debut album including Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson and she is scheduled to play Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic that also features country legends such as Merle Haggard, plus recent stars like Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.