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Kacey Musgraves Is Keepin’ It Country While Keepin’ The Edge

I didn’t get to stay long last night at the Lady Antebellum show at the Ford Center, but what I did see was a young woman on the cusp of being a huge star, if the industry can grab a hold of her.  Her name is Kacey Musgraves.

With only one top 10 single to her credit on country radio, Kacey has already started filling her trophy case.  She’s won Best New Artist at the CMA’s, Best Album at the ACM’s, and a couple of Grammy’s to boot.  Some casual fans may wonder how she’s done all that with very few hits, but I saw the reason in a quick 30 minutes last night.

For all the critics that don’t like country music today…that say it’s not country anymore, if you haven’t picked up Kacey’s album, “Same Trailer, Different Park,” then you are doing yourself a disservice.  From the steel guitar, banjo, and harmonica used in her set, to her imagery of trailer parks and heartache, this woman has got a direction, and she’s not straying from it.  She even covered “No Scrubs” from TLC in her own special way, that was still 100% country.  It was a big difference from the cover of that song we heard at the Florida-Georgia Line show.  Maybe that was because, that song is a lot like what the already play (no offense, I love those guys).  Kacey’s take on the song was surprising and original.

She also played the controversial, yet poignant “Follow Your Arrow.”  I love that song, and when I got the chance to talk to her after the show I said “It’s a damn shame that song didn’t do better.”  Kacey, as happy as can be said, “Even without radio, that song has done so much for me.”

It’s an attitude like that, that will take you far in the business, and despite what other radio personalities might do to make themselves look better at the expense of others, I found Kacey to be charming and warm, despite conflicting reports.  I believe there is a retro movement in country coming.  I think we’ll see more traditional tunes becoming hits, and I believe it could be Kacy Musgraves leading the charge!  Keep it up girl!

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