Lately we’ve had the pleasure to spend some time with the new leading lady in country music, Kacey Musgraves. We can attest the 24 year-old from Golden, Texas (now living in Nashville) is as straightforward and charming in person as comes through in her music.
Here, Kacey, whose new album Same Trailer Different Park drops today, tells us about her Music City hangouts, career idols, and personal style.
What is your favorite track off the new album?
“Merry Go ‘Round” is my favorite song I’ve written so far. It’s the first single and I love the way it came together sonically. I feel like it paints a real picture of what a lot of people are going through. I love connecting with people and all the songs on the album come from an absolutely honest place. As long as I can make people feel something, I feel like I’ve succeeded. (Check out the video for “Merry Go ‘Round” below).
When did you start playing music?
I started singing publicly when I was eight or nine. I’m not sure if I just fell in love with it or if I just sucked at everything else but it became really easy. My family was always supportive. There was never any question as to whether I was going to stick with this or not. I just went for it.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
John Prine. I love him as a songwriter. He is the epitome of a musician who marches to his own drum. He could rhyme ‘orange’ with ‘orange’ and it would be great.
How did growing up in Texas influence your music?
Texas musicians are more apt to say something brash, something real. I hope I picked that up—the ability to just be confident and say something that might push buttons but is honest.
What musicians do you listen to most?
Anyone who has something to say and a different perspective. I’m all over the map from Nada Surf and Weezer to Patti Smith and Texas guys like Ray Wylie Hubbard.
What is your go-to comfort food?
My nana makes the best cheese dip. It’s really spicy. She keeps putting off on giving me the recipe.
Where do you hang out in Nashville?
Santa’s Pub. It’s a double-wide trailer that is decorated for Christmas year round. It’s cash-only, cheap beer, karaoke, pool—really divey, but always a good time.
What is your country anthem?
“You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” by Loretta Lynn. It’s sassy as hell and funny. Loretta is really good at making someone feel like they are an inch tall with just a few words and doing it in a really intelligent way.
Do you like to dress up?
I love high fashion and mixing it up. I can be girly or I can just do jeans and a t-shirt. I like to get glam with big hair, glitter, and leopard print. And I love anything that’s sixties. Every time I’m in Dallas I stop at Dolly Python because they have the best vintage boots and tees.