It’s been two years since country singer Kacey Musgraves brought us her fourth studio album, making everyone turn their heads to the world of pop-meets-country with her genre-blending music. Musgraves has continued to elevate the music industry with each endeavor and frankly, we are just living in a Kacey Musgraves world and nobody is complaining.
Musgraves managed to turn the world of country on its head with singles like “Space Cowboy,” bringing in a different audience and pushing the boundaries of the country music industry. Musgraves has challenged traditional country music with the instrumental focus of her songs, rather than lyrical focus. She has also changed the narrative of country music though added influences to reflect modern times.
“I think it’s really cool to see country music changing and evolving and I think there is always going to be a group of traditionalists in any genre, especially country. I mean I guess I would like to see the stereotype that women have a harder time in country music changing. I can say its a tired conversation at this point and that we’ve seen, over the last couple of years especially, women making great music and telling their stories. The roots of the genre are built on strong women,” Musgraves stated in a video interview with Variety.
As an artist, Musgraves herself has pushed for change, actively speaking and acting upon her ideals. “Rainbow,” a song many in the LGBTQ+ community have found inspiring; “Oh, What A World”; and “Slow Burn,” a song Musgraves says was in relation to an acid trip, again spark controversy among the traditionalists in the industry.
Even though her lyrics, meanings and actions have been contemplated within the country music scene, Musgraves continuously pushes the boundaries to produce quality music for a diverse audience.
Musgraves began her “Oh, What A World” tour in 2019, following the win of not one but four Grammys for “Golden Hour.” The Texan got to perform at numerous venues worldwide, including the famous Texas Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo venue where she performed for family and friends alongside 53,000 fans.
Musgraves had fellow musicians come for various shows including Harry Styles, an artist who Musgraves previously opened for.
Alongside her worldwide tour, Musgraves has taken the stage at some of the world’s largest music festivals including Bonnaroo and Coachella.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Musgraves, alongside her mother and the Country Music Hall of Fame, worked together to create an exhibit, “All Of The Colors,” which displayed the timeline of Musgraves’ rise to fame. The exhibit showed everything from detention slips, lyrics, famous outfits, and more memorabilia. “All Of The Colors” is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum until June 2020.
Tom’s One Hour Photo and Lab
On a trip to Los Angeles, Musgraves and her sister Kelly Sutton stumbled upon Tom’s One Hour Photo Lab, a shop owned by Tom Tuong. After 29 years of business, the portrait and photo developing shop was in danger of closing; however, Musgraves took to social media to let her fans know of the Koreatown gem and explained a bit about the current situation and recommending all who can to go visit.
“Ten years ago, it was a little slow, and now Kacey came in and made me busy again,” Tuong said in an interview with ABC 7.
Taking it back to where it all began, Musgraves performed one of the first songs she ever learned with country music legend and icon, Willie Nelson. The duo performed Nelson’s hit song “Rainbow Connection” at the CMA Awards.
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show
On Nov. 29, 2019, Musgraves dropped the soundtrack and Amazon special, “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show.” The holiday-themed event was filled with Christmas classics, as well as new singles including “Glittery” featuring Troye Sivan.
Sivan wasn’t the only feature during the show — from skits to songs, Musgraves had a star-studded line up including Dan Levy, Leon Bridges, Lana Del Rey, Kendall Jenner, Fred Armisen, Zooey Deschanel, Camila Cabello and James Corden.
Slow Burn Candle
Bringing her album track to life, Musgraves and the company Boy Smells, collaborated to bring fans a “Slow Burn” candle.
“I brought my song “Slow Burn” to life in the form of a smell. The sentiment is exactly what the song sounds like. It’s a little dank. A little crisp. Androgynous. Floaty. Earthy. Grounded. Its the smell of a fire faintly drifting on the breeze as you walk to your favorite bar down the street and cherish slow sips of your favorite wine. Briefly thinking about strangers on the other side of the globe in Beijing rushing into work but you’re right here, admiring the fading colors of the disappearing sunset and enjoying exactly where you are in all senses,” Musgraves said of the scent on her Instagram.
Recently, Tsubota Pearl Co., Ltd, a small Japanese company, teamed up with Boy Smells and Musgraves to accompany the candle in the form of a lighter.
The wax figure museum holds just about every celebrity and notable figure in the form of wax, and patrons can come up close with the life-like versions of their favorites. On March 14, Musgraves hinted that her very own wax figure in the process. No date has been announced yet, but fans are excited to see the country star’s piece.
Oh, What a COLORFUL World
Earlier this year, Kacey’s mom Karen Musgraves created a coloring book dedicated to each track off of “Golden Hour” and included a word search and crossword puzzle.
Due to COVID-19, Musgraves has decided to continue selling the “oh, what a COLORFUL world” coloring book to help keep fans from getting antsy during quarantine!
There is nothing Musgraves can’t do — some might even call her a “Wonder Woman” (See what we did there?!). After all, Musgraves gives us “Butterflies” (There are just too many puns). At the rate that her career is currently going, fans can expect nothing but excitement as the years continue.