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“It ain’t what you want, it’s what you know. … Same hurt in every heart/Same trailer, different park. … Just like dust, we settle in this town.” With lyrics like that, it’s no wonder Rolling Stone gave newcomer Kacey Musgraves‘ debut single, “Merry Go ‘Round,” such a rave review. They wrote that it’s as poetic and potent as any song released in 2012 and was an instant classic. I’m sure that someday she will be a household name. But so far, we don’t know all that much about Musgraves. What I do know is that she was in the Top 10 on Nashville Star when Blake Shelton was a judge back in 2007. (Which is ironic, in a way, because he started judging four years after his future wife Miranda Lambert was a finalist on the show.) I also know she wrote the excellent Lambert song, “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and that her upcoming album is being co-produced by Luke Laird (the songwriter behind hits like “Pontoon,” “Baggage Claim,” “Last Name” and “Drink in My Hand” ).