Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour”. Sophisticated and Brilliant.

Kacey Musgrave’s new album “Golden Hour” dropped yesterday. Having taken the day off from work, I decided I would listen to the album while responding to some work emails and phone calls. (I have mastered the art of working on my days off, much to the vexation of my dog Ringo, who was clearly annoyed that he was being ignored. But I digress.) Before I knew, it was late afternoon and I had listened to the album nonstop on repeat. Ten full listens later, it was obvious Kacey had struck gold. The entire album is brilliant.
If you’re not a fan of country music, don’t tune me out just yet. The album sounds like a female version of John Mayer with the sass of a woman scorned, a woman who loves, and a woman who calls it like she sees it a la Dolly Parton style. The lyrics are thoughtfully crafted song after song making it a wondrous compilation.

I had the privilege of seeing Kacey Musgraves perform at the beautiful new DC music venue, The Anthem earlier this month. She is currently on “The Breakers Tour” with one of my all time favorites, Little Big Town.

Kacey Musgraves performing at The Anthem in Washington, DC on March 3, 2018. Photo by More Cowbell Liv

I’ve seen Kacey perform on previous tours, but it was like watching a completely different person on stage this time around. She seemed centered, serene, and it was evident that she has clearly grown as an artist. Maybe it comes down to her finally being comfortable with being an outsider in a country music scene that for the most part promotes conformity. Kacey is everything but a conformist. Or, maybe it is marriage and the evolution of what that means for oneself that has manifested the change in her. The newlywed welcomed her husband onto the stage with her that night, a notable singer-songwriter in the Nashville circuit in his own right, Ruston Kelly. Together, they melancholically soared in a duet of her new heartbreaking single Space Cowboy, a song full of clever nuances that Kacey is the master of delivering to her listeners.

Kacey Musgraves performing “Space Cowboy” with her husband Ruston Kelly at The Anthem in Washington, DC. Photo by More Cowbell Liv.

Kacey has established herself as an artist whose integrity to her roots and her own style of music continues to shine in her new album. She proves that she is by far one of the best singer songwriters crosscutting country and pop. This will no doubt be one of the best albums of 2018.

Regardless of your musical preference, I am positive that you will have a hard time resisting Kacey’s disco infused jam High Horse, my favorite track of the album.  It is unabashedly profound both in its musical arrangement and the message it sends.  Next time you encounter THAT person, take a deep breathe and think Giddy Up!

Yeah, everyone knows someone who knows someone, who thinks they’re cooler than everybody else…
And I think we’ve seen enough, seen enough…
To know that you ain’t ever gonna come down.
So, why don’t you giddy up, giddy up…And ride straight out of this town…You and your high horse…

After what has been one heck of a fascinating ride this past year, hello there! If you’re still out there, I’m back!

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