• Kacey Musgraves

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Two decades ago — long before Same Trailer Different Park turned her into a Grammy-winning country star with sold-out tours and Top 10 hits — Kacey Musgraves participated in her first (and only) beauty pageant.

“My hometown is pretty famous for its sweet potatoes,” she says, “and every year, they hold the Golden Sweet Potato Festival. They crown a Sweet Potato Queen and a Little Miss Tater Tot for little girls. I only competed for Little Miss Tater Tot once, when I was about three, and lost miserably to a girl in a sparklier dress.”

The pageant world, with its fake smiles and sky-high hairdos, wasn’t the best match for Musgraves. She was more interested in songwriting, finishing her very first tune at 9 years old and learning her first instrument, the mandolin, as a pre-teen. Years later, though, the peculiarities of daily life in a small town — along with the places she’s visited (and people she’s met) since moving away— are back on her mind.

It’s been years since Musgraves lived in Golden, Texas, her childhood home of roughly 600 people, but the whirlwind that followed Same Trailer Different Park — a debut album that topped the country charts, took home two Grammy Awards (including Country Album of the Year) and sent Musgraves halfway across the world on tour — made her think hard about where she came from. Pageant Material, her second album, pays tribute to those Bible Belt roots, shining a light on a hometown girl who’s grown up, expanded her worldview and done a lot of livin’ since skipping town. It’s an album about where she’s from and where she’s going, full of autobiographical details that are humorous one minute and heartwarming the next.

“I really wanted this album to have a classic feel, like a lot of the records I know and love,” says Musgraves, who name-checks artists like Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell and Ronnie Milsap as influences on Pageant Material‘s easygoing stride. “I intended on it having a laid-back yet lush, slightly kitschy, western vibe. And most of all, I wanted it to feel like me.”

Appropriately, all thirteen of the album’s songs were co-written by Musgraves, who teamed up with the same group of songwriters who’d helped bring Same Trailer Different Park to life several years earlier. Those names may be familiar — Brandy Clark, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, along with additions like Natalie Hemby and Ashley Arrison — but the songs are new, dreamt up during a songwriter’s retreat in West Texas as well a handful of sessions back home in Nashville.

During the gorgeous “Late to the Party,” Musgraves lingers with her boyfriend before a big get-together, knowing that he, not the party, is the real destination. She kicks back and enjoys life at a slower speed with “High Time,” whose twangy chorus — punctuated by a whistled riff worthy of a high-lonesome cowboy — doubles as a nod to the childhood years Musgraves spent performing western swing music. On “Dimestore Cowgirl,” she breezes through some of the more surreal highlights of her days on the road, from an early-morning European boat ride that took her band past the White Cliffs of Dover to a night spent in the same middle-of-nowhere motel where Gram Parsons spent his final hours.  “I’m still the girl from Golden,” she admits during the song’s chorus, a reminder that no matter how big her career gets, she’ll always be a small-town native. Later, with “This Town,” she stresses the importance of staying pleasant in a cozy town where everyone knows you, and during “Biscuits” — a song inspired by her mother’s advice to “kill ‘em with kindness” — she explains some simple, yet important, things she’s learned her 26 years.

Musgraves recorded Pageant Material in a unique way, capturing the songs during a series of live studio sessions. The goal was to harness the energy of her concerts, rather than build a record track-by-track and overdub-by-overdub. To lighten the mood, she decorated Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A with fluorescent, life-size cacti and served fresh biscuits during breaks. She also brought a handful of plastic beauty pageant crowns into the studio and handed them out to her band, which included members of her touring lineup as well as pedal steel player Paul Franklin, drummer Fred Eltringham, and other top-tier players from the Nashville community. Musgraves pulled triple duty during the recording sessions, serving as singer, songwriter and co-producer on every track.

Since Pageant Material is such a personal project, it’s only appropriate that several family members contributed to the album’s creation. “This Town” begins with the voice of Musgraves’ beloved Memaw — grandmother Barbara Taylor — who worked as an ER nurse in Texas until her passing in December 2013.

“We always loved to get her going, telling stories about the crazy stuff she’d seen lately at work,” Musgraves remembers. “One night a couple years ago, we were all sittin’ around her in the living room and made her tell stories. I secretly pressed record on my phone. I just thought for some reason I should, never thinking I’d end up using it. This particular part of the record has been a source of sadness and happiness at the same time. I really miss her, but it makes me smile knowing that her voice has literally become embedded in my musical legacy.”

Likewise, Musgraves’ little sister, Kelly Christine Sutton, shot the photographs for the album, including the throwback cover art. On a record that deals so heavily with Musgraves’ roots — where she came from, how she grew up, and what her small hometown looks like from afar — the presence of her relatives adds an authentic touch.

Pageant Material lives in a western-tinged world, and the songs are like little stories,” Musgraves says. “They set a vibe and a tone, and all make sense living in the same space. I think I’ll always be affected by growing up in a small town, so it still inspires a lot of my writing. But there are some viewpoints on this record that I hadn’t written from yet. More than anything, it’s life and society, making mistakes and my relationships that continue to inspire me.”

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NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, LBT, Lady Antebellum, Brothers Osborne, Sam

Kacey Musgraves appears on Hollywood Medium tonight to talk about the death of her grandmother with Tyler Henry. Check out all the goosebump moments at 8pm ET on E!.


Little Big Town will take over Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on Friday (June 23rd). Catch all the action beginning at 7am on ABC.

The epic all-star CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends  will air Friday (June 23rd) on CMT at 10pm ET. The new installment, which was taped on an outdoor stage the day before this year’s CMT Music Awards, will feature collaborations with Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and more.

Brothers Osborne have been tapped to open for The Cadillac Three on the UK leg of their Long Hair Don’t Care Tour this fall. The trek kicks off November 1st in Berlin, Germany.

Sam Hunt is set to return to the University of Alabama Birmingham for a free show September 1st, to help celebrate the return of the school’s football program. Tickets for the show, which will also feature his 15 in a 30 tourmates Maren Morris and Ryan Follese, will go on sale August 4th at 10am CT. For more information, click here.

FATHER’S DAY LINERS 2017

Father’s Day is Sunday (June 18th), and we have liners with many of your favorite country stars! Check them out and download below.

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Father’s Day)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Billy Currington, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day!”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing all you fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Happy Father’s Day, Pops!”

Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Easton Corbin. Happy Father’s Day!”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Eric Paslay. To all you father’s out there, Happy Father’s Day!”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Gary Allan, and I want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Happy Father’s Day)

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“Jon Pardi here. Happy Father’s Day to all you father’s out there.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Father’s Day)

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“Hey y’all! This is Josh Turner, and I just want to wish all you father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. Happy Father’s Day!”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Father’s Day)

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“Hey everyone! It’s Keith Urban, wishing all you Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Lady A (Father’s Day)

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“What’s up all you Dads out there? It’s Lady Antebellum, and we just wanted to wish you all a good, Happy Father’s Day. Thanks for being great dads. Hope you get pampered and you don’t have to barbecue. And we hope you get some good ties this year.” [Hillary laughs]

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! It’s Lauren Alaina. Happy Father’s Day!”

Audio / LINER LBT (Father’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Little Big Town, wishing all you father’s a Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Father’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Sam Hunt. To all you fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!”

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Father’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy Father’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Vince Gill (Father’s Day)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Vince, and I just wanted to wish you a Happy Father’s Day. Wish mine was still around.”

KACEY MUSGRAVES JOINS SUPERSTAR HARRY STYLES ON 2018 WORLD TOUR.

Grammy-award winning artist Kacey Musgraves today announced that she will be joining global entertainer Harry Styles on tour as direct support starting next Summer.
“We are gonna light up the road next summer and I couldn’t be more excited! It will be a unique and fun blend of two ‘styles’ coming together,” said Musgraves.
Earlier today Harry Styles announced the addition of 56 new show dates in 2018 to his sold-out world tour. The new dates will be supported by directly by Musgraves in the U.S. and Canada, including stops at Madison Square Garden in New York, The Forum in Los Angeles, and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. All tickets go on sale on Friday, June 16 via local ticket agents. Visit www.kaceymusgraves.com for more information.
Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, in the Spring of 2013 to massive critical acclaim.  The album debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making her the first solo female in five years to open at No.1 with a debut release, and the seventh to in the 22-year Nielson SoundScanera.  The gold-certified album took home awards for “New Artist of the Year” at 2013’s CMA Awards and also won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), an ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park), and a CMA Award for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow.” Her follow up album, Pageant Material, debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.  Musgraves has toured previously with Kenny Chesney, Katy Perry, and has sold-out famous venues including London’s Famed Royal Albert Hall.
Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album was released May 12th and soared to the top of the charts around the world, topping the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart. His U.S. record debut comes hot on the heels of Harry’s massive international success where the album hit #1 in over 55 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Holland, Belgium, Poland and across Latin America, South East Asia and the Middle East.

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