Kacey Musgraves: As Real As Country’s Ever Been

I’ve got a review of Kacey Musgraves’ State Theatre show up at City Pages. Interesting to watch a new artist whose rep (critically and within the industry) outpaces her sales and airplay success and see how she chooses to present (and preserve) herself in today’s winner-take-all pop arena.

I still have reservations about Musgraves’ writing — one of her new songs includes the line “If you don’t have nothin’ nice to say/ Don’t say nothin’ at all,” and even that “mary jane” pun on “Merry Go Round” is a little too Sgt. Joe Friday for my taste. But I’m glad she hauled this oldie out. I just hope market demands don’t lead her to downplay her comic side — today’s country can use all the John Prine influence it can get.

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