As the days tick down until the release of Kacey Musgraves' sophomore album Pageant Material, the country star is busy hitting the interview circuit. This week, she's on the cover of Redbook, talking about her life on the road and how she enjoyed touring with Katy Perry last summer. True to form, Musgraves held nothing back.
“She's almost exactly like you would imagine. I mean, she's got major balls,” Musgraves said of the “Teenage Dream” singer. “You can put this on the record: I've seen Katy Perry's proverbial balls. She's had some doors slammed in her face, and it's cool to see that if you keep doing what you think is good, it will work out.”
Musgraves opened for Perry on several dates last summer, exposing her music to a new audience of young pop fans. Although Musgraves is bold and brash in her music, writing about typically un-country subjects like pot smoking and gay relationships, she says that her life on tour is actually fairly boring.
“I've always been pretty even-keeled, but I've had really good people around me. I've had my boyfriend on the road with me for a couple of years because he's in our band. I think the craziest thing we do is venture out and find a Thai place on Yelp that we've never been to. We might jam a little bit and have some wine.”
Preceded by the single “Biscuits,” Pageant Material arrives this Tuesday, June 23. The highly-anticipated record is the follow-up to Same Trailer Different Park, a stunningly insightful collection of tunes about life in small-town America that won Musgraves Grammys, ACM Awards, and just about every other honor for which she was eligible.
The Texas-born singer has been teasing the new record with interview clips posted on YouTube. In the latest, a behind-the-scenes profile of the new track “Somebody to Love,” Musgraves explains that she was moved by the string section that plays behind her voice. “Hearing your songs played by string players like that is insane. It really brought tears to my eyes. It's like, you feel it, it vibrates your heart almost.”
Through live performances and various online leaks, fans have already heard several of the album's songs, including “Down Store Cowgirl,” “Cup of Tea,” “Family is Family,” and “High Time.” Like Musgraves' last album, Pageant Material was mostly written with Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, and Luke Laird.
Early reviews have been mixed, with reviewers noting the album is very similar to its predecessor and praising the music's restraint and cohesiveness. Hear the full record when Pageant Material drops on Tuesday.