Kacey Musgraves @ The Fillmore

(Courtesy of the artist)

When Kacey Musgraves burst into the public consciousness with 2013’s critically acclaimed Same Trailer Different Park, many were quick to label her the queen of country for people who don’t like country. It’s understandable given how her witty lyrics question conservative country values and promote LGBTQ acceptance (and rolling up a joint, if the urge strikes you). But calling her the exception to the rule discredits her true blue country character and songwriting abilities. Born and raised in Texas, Musgraves started penning songs as a teenager and performed swing music at local festivals. By her 20s, she was co-writing with Miranda Lambert, touring with Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum, and, following the release of Same Trailer Different Park, winning Grammys. Now nearing 30, she’s riding high on the success of her second studio album, Pageant Material, and playing the biggest venues of her life with her backing band of exceptional musicians in sequin embellished suits. Her ascension to the cowgirl throne felt imminent in 2013, and these days it seems she’s sitting comfortably atop it.

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