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Continued: Kacey Musgraves is no straight arrow

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 7, 2014 - 8:38 PM

Trailer-park roots

Musgraves grew up in Golden, Texas, a town of 500, loving language, playing with it and writing poems and short stories.

After high school, she moved to Austin, Texas, and eventually Nashville, releasing three independent albums and placing seventh on USA Network’s “Nashville Star” talent contest in 2007. She’s written tunes for ABC’s night-time soap “Nashville” and for such stars as Martina McBride and Gretchen Wilson. In 2012, she signed her own recording deal with Mercury Records and released “Same Trailer Different Park” in spring 2013.

The buzz was so big that the album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart — a spot it reclaimed this week, thanks to the Grammys — and No. 2 on the pop charts. It led to the Country Music Association Award for best new artist in November.

Yes, Musgraves has lived in a trailer park.

“The first house that my parents brought me home to was a little yellow trailer out in the middle of nowhere, outside of Mineola, Texas. So I’m allowed to poke fun at it a little bit.”

The other big question that her Grammy performance prompted: Where did she get those cowgirl boots decorated with Christmas lights?

“The boots were something my stylist and I kind of designed together and then a woman made for me out of a pair of old boots by just putting some lights in ’em. They were the coolest things I’ve ever seen.”

With all the buzz from the Grammys, “Follow Your Arrow” — which is more mainstream pop than twangy country — could cross over to the pop charts.

“Wherever the song wants to go, I’m happy for it to,” Musgraves said. “I want it to live and touch as many people as it can. I don’t want it to be constrained by boxes or genres, though I definitely think it’s a country song.”

She just follows her instincts. That means she’ll be opening for Perry on tour later this year, with an Aug. 22 show at Target Center.

“I’ve always been a really big Katy Perry fan,” she said. “She’s managed to blend huge pop star-ness with lyrics that actually say something. I love the idea of what she does and I do coming together. I think somewhere in the middle it’ll make sense.

“We both have lyrically driven music. When it’s good music, I don’t think genres really matter.”

Indeed, following her arrow — even if it isn’t exactly straight.


Twitter: @JonBream • 612-673-1719

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