Happy Holidays From A Very Kacey Christmas

Kacey Musgraves Previews First Holiday Album

There they were in all their Christmas glory: a beautiful Kacey Musgraves dressed in white, her handsome steed Mismo all dolled up in a big red bow and Kris Kringle hanging out in front of Nashville’s historic Riverwood Mansion glowing in green and red on Tuesday night (Sept. 20).

The scene screamed Christmas card 2016. The only animal friends missing for the photo op were her rescues Pearl and Bambi.

The private event was Musgraves’ A Very Kacey Christmas party and album listening session for her first holiday collection. The 12-song album features collaborations with Willie Nelson, the Quebe Sisters and Leon Bridges.

The antebellum home was built in three stages starting in the late 1790s around the time Tennessee joined the Union and underwent several renovations until it reached its current Corinthian design.

Everywhere on the first floor was decked out in white Christmas magnificence. Each room had at least two masterfully decorated Christmas trees with gorgeously wrapped presents underneath.

Servers passed around trays of vintage holiday cocktail foods including stuffed celery, meatballs, chicken biscuits and Christmas cookies. A bar in the back hallway offered wine, beer and a signature cocktail of a cranberry gin fizz with sprigs of fresh mint.

For those who wanted to get intimate with the new music, a sock monkey Christmas room offered a table with seven banks of white fluffy headphones to listen to the album from start to finish without distraction.

When it was time for her to speak, Musgraves kept her holiday greeting brief.

“Christmas to me has always been about great memories and the old school music of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s that I really love,” she said. “I really wanted to make this record because I wanted the chance to put my own spin on Christmas. I hope you enjoy it. This is A Very Kacey Christmas.”

Then as the music played and the late summer bugs started to sing their nightly carols, outside something magical happened. Flurries of snow bubbles started to fall, covering the grand front porch in a slushes of white. Guests covered their drinks as they made their way onto the front yard to bask in summer-winter wonderland.

Over the weekend, her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue ended with two sold-out nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Musgraves will play the Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa, Texas, on Thursday (Sept. 22) and will return to Tennessee this weekend for a Sunday performance at Franklin’s second annual Pilgrimage Music Festival.

A Very Kacey Christmas is set for release on Oct. 28.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.