Kacey Musgraves is the first EVER country artist to grace the cover of FADER! In their summer issue (one of four that will be out this season), the game changing artist talks in depth about some of the issues she’s come up against in the genre, and how she’s eager to keep herself away from being trendy. There’s nothing I love more than a groundbreaking artist getting attention for being so uniquely them. She’s the face of a new generation in country that’s all about setting yourself apart and never being ashamed to follow your own path. It’s a really great piece that allows fans some serious insight into the inspiration behind her new album and the incredible direction she’s taking her music. Check out snippets of her interview below and then head on over to their website to read the rest! You can also pre-order your copy of the issue here.
On Bringing Back a Classic Country Music Style:
“There was this cycle in Nashville where if you were a girl, you had to be really sassy: ‘You cheated on me, so I’m going to burn your house down. I’ve never felt a kinship to those kinds of songs. I love John Prine, his witty turns of phrase. I love Glenn Campbell, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn. There was this really imaginative and whimsical period of country music where instead of trying to match a trend, people became popular because they were unique. There wasn’t a basket of four subject matters. The more country that my music gets, the less it fits into the country world today. It’s almost like there needs to be two genres, modern country and… country?”
Of Her Upcoming Release, Pageant Material:
“Especially for women, you need a certain face at award shows when you lose or you’re an asshole. You can’t have a potty mouth or an opinion. In the South, getting judged on superficial stuff is a real thing. And I’m not attacking the people that might get something positive out of pageantry, I’m just not into being judged in that way. I’d rather lose for what I am than win for something that I’m not.”
Shane McAnally, Co-Songwriter and Co-Producer of Musgraves’ two albums, on Kacey:
“I tried to be an artist for so long, and I tried so many other things and thought, ’Is it because I’m gay? Is it because of this or that?’ And the truth is it just wasn’t the right set of people…The first time I met Kacey, we actually wrote a song that’s on the new record. I wasn’t a producer at the time, and I went home and told my partner, ‘I met a girl tonight, and if I was ever going to make that leap [to produce], I wish that it was with her.’ I’d never been so hit in the face with somebody just sitting there with her guitar, singing things back to me. I was just like, ‘This is the combination of every artist that has formed my musical path. From Lee Ann Womack to Willie to Dolly, the people that I have been obsessed with, they’re all rolled up right here in Kacey.’ It’s not what’s on the radio right now, but I would like to think that we’re working to change that. Those choruses, and the way she sings? It’s all right there, the singalong-ability of commercial pop songs of all of our history.”
Congrats to Kacey on her beautiful cover! What do you think of the interview? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @JukeboxMixtape!