Kacey Musgraves Finds Inspiration in Jim Croce, Glen Campbell

New Album Reveals Some Slightly Surprising Influences

Just when you thought it couldn’t get better than her big debut, Same Trailer Different Park, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves drops an even more sparkling gem on us in the form of her brand new Pageant Material.

Yep, it’s glorious.

Released this week, it will no doubt be a favorite of fans and critics alike as Musgraves once again proves she has a literal and figurative voice like no other and a myriad of stellar and slightly surprising influences that inspired a lot of what we hear on the record.

“Leading up to this record, I was really listening to a lot of — and still am — Jim Croce,” Musgraves said in a recent interview. “I really love his writing and his melodies.”

Who would’ve thought the man behind such classics like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” and the beautiful “Time in a Bottle” would be such an influence on the Golden, Texas, native?

But he’s a master storyteller, something any Croce fan knows. So it makes sense that Musgraves would find inspiration in him. And it doesn’t stop there. The rhinestone cowgirl loves famous rhinestone cowboy Glen Campbell, too.

“He is a huge influence all around. I just … I love his music,” Musgraves goes on to say of the country icon.

She also notes Nancy Sinatra, Ronnie Milsap, Stevie Wonder and, of course, Loretta Lynn were inspirational for her as she put this album together. Even Charley Pride and Charlie Rich provided some magical influence.

“That era of country music is really inspiring to me,” she says.

And thank goodness for her willingness and desire to pepper her own unique style with the classics. That’s one foolproof way to ensure future generations won’t forget country music originated.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.