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Kacey Musgraves, Country Music's New 'Golden' Girl

NPR | March 17, 2013 7:32 a.m. | Updated: March 19, 2013 9:21 a.m.

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Kacey Musgraves' new album is titled Same Trailer Different Park.

Kacey Musgraves' new album is titled Same Trailer Different Park.

Kelly Christine Musgraves, Courtesy of the artist

“I’m all about small towns,” Kacey Musgraves says. “I think it’s a great place to grow up. But I think it might be a little more comforting to some people to hear it from a real perspective, instead of one that tries to sweep things under the rug.”

The 24-year-old singer, a breakout success in country music this year, has been on the road promoting her major-label debut, Same Trailer Different Park, out next week. She says that on a recent press stop, she had to gently explain that the album’s first single, “Merry Go ‘Round,” isn’t a knock on small-town life.

“I mean, I had one guy say, ‘This is the anti-country song,’ ” she says. “And I had to say, ‘Sorry, no, it’s just an anti-small-mind song. Anti-settling.’ “

Musgraves was born in the tiny Texas town of Golden, where she grew up surrounded by words; her parents have owned a small printing shop there since before she was born. Appropriately, lyrics are crucial to songs like “Follow Your Arrow,” with a chorus that boasts one left turn after another:

 

“So make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls, if that’s something you’re into
When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint — or don’t.”

 

“It’s one of my favorites off the album because, sonically, I feel like it really channels people that I love — like Glen Campbell, or even Loretta [Lynn] — but the idea is a little more modern, I guess you’d say,” Musgraves says. “If you don’t have something to say, or somewhat of a point of view, then what do you have?”

The release of Same Trailer Different Parkisn’t the first big event of Musgraves’ year: She’s been nominated for female vocalist of the year by the Academy of Country Music. She discussed that and more with NPR’s Jacki Lyden; to hear more of their conversation, click the audio link on this page.

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