Here's why Kacey Musgraves rules the road
Luke Alison

You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl. Kacey Musgraves, currently out on her dazzling Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, proves her musical worth and how she's found a loyal audience, without the assist from terrestrial radio. With two studio albums under her belt, 2013's outstanding debut Same Trailer Different Park and last year's well-suited follow-up Pageant Material, the Texan brings the same kind of lighthearted, compelling and unmistakable charm to her live shows. With each lick of her guitar and every revealing, passionate lyric, she has become the next torchbearer of country music. Three years can do a lot for a singer, and Musgraves has never taken a moment for granted. In fact, she has shattered expectations—with several Grammys, CMAs and ACMs to her name—and supported the notion country fans have been itching for a new female to step into the limelight.

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Songs like "Merry Go Round," "Follow Your Arrow," "Pageant Material" and the biting "Good Ol' Boys Club" are some of the finest records in recent years, undeniably destined to become classics. The singer is not afraid to offend people, either, and she often uses cultural moments (like her controversial face during the 2013 CMA Awards) and societal issues (like marriage, small-town beliefs and civil liberties) as a way to frame her own personal experiences in a universal, humorous way. But it is really her live shows that have had significantly more impact on the genre and her brand. She's previously toured with Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson, pop superstar Katy Perry and countless others. She has also trekked her own headlining tours. To say she's the ruler of the road is an understatement.

AXS is giving away a pair of tickets to Musgraves' upcoming concert at Amos' Southend in Charlotte, N.C. on April 15. You can enter for a chance to win right here. Musgraves also performs a show there the following night (April 16).

For concertgoers able to see her live this year, they will certainly get to witness some truly great moments. AXS takes a look at a few reasons why you should probably say yes to seeing Musgraves on the road this summer.

You can expect a surprising cover or two or three or four.

There may be a song or two (not found on her albums) for fans to enjoy.

If you want some traditional country in your country, she's your gal!

She's not afraid to show her emotional side.