You can't get any countrier these days than Kacey Musgraves. With her earth-shattering and sweeping lyricism, the sharp-shooter has carved out a very specific corner of the mainstream market, buoyed by her self-acceptance anthems and barbed songwriting. As found on her new single "Biscuits" (the lead-in to her forthcoming full player Pageant Material), she steps up on her soap box to proclaim that minding your own biscuits will yield a delicious gravy-filled (and enjoyable) lifestyle. Along with her new release, which also features the profound "Family is Family" ode and the giddy "Dime Store Cowgirl," Musgraves has landed the cover of Redbook's new July issue—in which she addresses controversy in her music, touring with Katy Perry and so much more.
The new magazine issue hits newsstands on June 23, the same day as her LP.
“I’ve come to conclusion that people are always going to find a way to be offended about something, and it’s almost like they want to be," Musgraves says, pointing to her 2014 CMA Song of the Year-winning "Follow Your Arrow" (co-written with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally). "I won’t be everybody’s cup of tea. I’ve found peace in that. I’m cool with not being the biggest superstar on the planet. I don’t let people’s approval make or break what I’m doing.” They say, actions speak louder than words: last summer she hit the road on numerous tours, including Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss' joint venture and pop singer Katy Perry's blockbuster Prismatic World Tour (on select dates in August). As you could expect, the "Teenager Dream" bombshell is "almost exactly like you would imagine. I mean, she’s got major balls. 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.” As a result of her out-of-the-box thinking, Musgraves' sales have proven country music consumer are more than ready for the Texan to rise into the limelight even more.
Despite a heavy touring schedule and boatloads of acclaim, Musgraves remains grounded in her witty perspective and never one to be the party girl type. “I’ve always been pretty even-keeled, but I’ve had really good people around me," she says. "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.”
As evidenced with "Biscuits" and the one-off "The Trailer Song" (released last year as a digital-only song release), Musgraves is known for her powerful self-acceptance rallying cry. She explains why that's the case: “I think it comes from growing up in an area where a lot of kids really cannot be themselves. After high school, my best friend came out to me, and he was like, ‘I don’t feel like I can be myself, and you’re the first person I’m telling.’ That is still a lot of people’s reality. So if a kid feels like they can walk a little taller because of something I sang, I’m inspired by that.”
Fans can now pre-order Kacey Musgraves' Pageant Material on iTunes now!