Kacey Musgraves is happy to be one of the top female country singers in the industry. The singer, who just released her first-ever Christmas album, is reflecting on her CMA nomination. Kacey proves she is still humble as ever, as she revealed that she’s happy to be among many of the greats.
Musgraves told Rolling Stone that she didn’t expect to get a nomination for her latest album, Pageant Material. For the fourth consecutive year, Musgraves will be nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. It’s the news that has shocked her the most since the categories were announced back in August.
“I did not expect it, especially being in between albums. But either way, I’m glad to be hanging in there,” Musgraves told Rolling Stone Country. “I’m proud to be a female in country music.”
She is also humble about her craft. She revealed that she doesn’t see herself as a traditional vocalist, but rather an interpreter.
“I just do whatever is best for the song at hand and what feels comfortable to me. I never had an acrobatic voice like some of the other vocalists may have in that category. I feel my lyrical voice is stronger than my singing voice. But either way it’s a compliment.”
In a new report via The Ringer, staff writer Rob Harvilla notes that Musgraves was heard singing the words “I still want a Hula-Hoop.” Her third album, A Very Kacey Christmas, came out on Friday, Oct. 28, when everyone else was getting ready for Halloween. Musgraves, on the other hand, has been ready for the holiday season. She was first seen working on the album at the start of the summer. While her previous albums, Same Trailer Different Park and Pageant Material, were more kerosene-slinging and weed-smoking, her Christmas album is more “twee,” according to Harvilla.
“A Very Kacey Christmas steers hard into that twee skid. The palette stretches from Western swing to Hawaiian camp to the precocious-kid ’50s goof ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’; guests range from Willie Nelson to soft-soul upstart Leon Bridges to fellow Texan roadhouse throwbacks the Quebe Sisters. Musgraves is perfect for ‘Feliz Navidad’ — there’s no country star you’d rather have singing Spanish — though she probably didn’t need to clarify, midsong, that ‘Feliz Navidad’ means ‘Merry Christmas.'”
Long story short, don’t expect A Very Kacey Christmas to be like her previous albums. She is trying to get you into the holiday spirit, in the most Kacey Musgraves way possible. In her interview with Rolling Stone Country, she says that she finds herself gravitated to other genres. She’s not your typical pop-country artist. In fact, Musgraves is more concern with the fact that more traditional country music isn’t played on mainstream country radio.
“As long as there is room for everyone. That’s how I feel. I’m inspired by a million different things and you can hear that in my music. But I do like that there is an appreciation for the traditional stuff coming back. It’d be said if it were forgotten,” Musgraves said. “Who doesn’t want to hear ‘On The Road Again’? Just because it’s not a Top 40 hit right now doesn’t mean people don’t want to hear it.”
Even Dope Magazine noted that Musgraves is still the same old Kacey as she always was. When she hit the road for her last tour, she didn’t bring that country diva attitude with her. Even the production and stage backdrop reflected her most recent album, with some neon cacti in the background.
11.26 – WINDSOR, ON/ THE COLOSSEUM AT CEASARS 11. 28 – NASHVILLE, TN / RYMAN AUDITORIUM 12.8 - NEW YORK, NY/ THE TOWN HALL 12.9 – WILKES-BARRE, PA KIRBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 12. 10 – WASHINGTON, DC NATIONAL THEATER 12. 15 – JOLIET, IL RIALTO SQUARE THEATER 12.16 – KNOXVILLE, TN TENNESSEE THEATRE 12.17 – EVANSVILLE, IN VICTORY THEATER Stay tuned for another big show date announcement soon! ???? www.KaceyMusgraves.com/events
Musgraves will launch a special holiday tour in support of A Very Kacey Christmas on Nov. 26. In the meantime, the Country Music Awards’ 50th anniversary airs Wednesday night, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
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