Kacey Musgraves Releases 'Pageant Material', Plans New Tour
For Kacey Musgraves, life is currently just as her latest single, “Biscuits,” dubs it -- gravy. The acclaimed singer-songwriter singer revealed plans this week for a new tour following the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Pageant Material.
Musgraves wrote the album’s title track with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird.“It was just a sleeper,” she tells CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “It was in the batch for me, and I started thinking about album titles and general aesthetic, and it kind of presented itself with like a theme kind of getting really into retro pageant pictures. I got really inspired by the whole look about it the big hair and the muted tones.
“And I’m from Texas, so I grew up with pageants everywhere. It’s a thing down there, and what girl doesn’t want to wear a massive crown? It was really fun.”
On the new album, Musgraves stays true to her vintage sound and progressive subject matter while incorporating traditional styles from different eras of the country genre.
“I really think I could have been born in the wrong decade,” she explains. “My first car was a 1967 Mustang, and I still have it. It was my dad and my project, and I drove it my senior year. A big upgrade from my mom’s gold minivan that I always drove around.
“I just love the ‘60s. I feel like they nailed fashion, beauty. The cars were great, the music was awesome. It was just a good time period over all for a lot of things.”
“Biscuits” was the first single released from the 14-track Pageant Material project, a follow-up to her award-winning Same Trailer Different Park.
“I don’t feel like is a huge step away,” she says. “This is, just in a sense, a big grouping of songs that I feel like represent where my head is right now. But this album is a lot different in the way we recorded it. This album has more of a concise, even tone throughout.”
The album was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.
“Speaking of the 60s, it’s like mid-century modern like stuck in time,” she says of the studio that preservationists saved from demolition for a proposed condo project. “It’s wonderful. It was just a lot of my band and a lot of players that I really, really love. And we just kinda recorded everything in a big circle.”
With rave reviews for her debut album, Musgraves has been heralded by the national media as an artist who’s changing today’s country music.
“I’m still getting used to everything that kind of comes along with being kind of in the spotlight and people knowing you,” she says. “People are really nice and usually pretty respectful. It does give you an interesting perspective of people’s sense of personal boundaries.
“Overall, it’s been fine. I will say -- and this may sound cliché -- but fame isn’t really something that is appetizing for me. It’s not like I don’t fantasize or like obsess over that. … It even kind of turns me off a little bit, but I really love just creating music and getting to have the freedom to do whatever I want and say what I want to say and be the kind of artist I want to be. I feel lucky that I get to make the music I want to make.”
Her tour – officially titled the Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue -- will kicks off Aug. 27 in Atlanta. With dates scheduled through the end of November, she’ll be appearing at several historic venues, including Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the Apollo Theater in New York City and Royal Albert Hall in London.
For more from the exclusive interview, tune into an all-new episode this Saturday and Sunday (June 27-28) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.