If there’s any singer who’s followed her arrow, that’s Kacey Musgraves. She makes music her way, rebelling against labels and those who’d like to fit her into a nice, neat country box with a pretty bow on top.
Musgraves was making noise even before her major-label debut, Same Trailer, Different Park, hit record stores in 2013. The album, which spawned singles such as the pro-pot smoking, pro-LGBTQ song “Follow Your Arrow,” “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Merry Go Round,” was an instant success, selling more than 40,000 copies in its first week on its way to becoming certified platinum; it also won the Grammy for Best Country Album. Success was not delivered to Musgraves on a silver platter, though. The born-and-based-in-Texas singer started making music at age 8. She later moved to Nashville and self-released a few albums before she was eventually signed to Mercury Nashville.
Her latest effort and fifth album, Golden Hour, does not have the country feel one may expect, but she’s never been your typical country singer. The album has a more ethereal vibe intertwined with Musgraves’ sweet vocals, felt on songs such as “Butterflies” and “Slow Burn.” And though it may not be “typical country,” that may be the new norm for the genre: Golden Hour was recently nominated for the 2018 CMA Awards’ Album of the Year, and Musgraves was the sole woman to receive a nod in the category. --JR