Kacey Musgraves' latest album, Same Trailer, Different Park
is full of odes to the despair, boredom, and complicated pleasures of small town life.
Critics have said her lyrics are as catchy as Taylor Swift's, but wrought with the biting intensity of Elvis Costello.
And unlike more conservative country stars, she doesn't shy away from topics like pot smoking and same sex love.
"The things I like to sing about aren't controversial to me," she said,
adding that she'd rather have a smaller audience who knows what she's
about than fake a persona for broader appeal.
Her unapologetic, honest approach has already won her loyal fans --
including a number who normally shun country music. Her album debuted at
number two on the billboard charts, and number one on the country music
charts when it was released this spring.
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter told guest host Stephen Quinn
that she's inspired by Willie Nelson's simple storytelling and Loretta Lynn's smart approach to pushing buttons.
Musgraves has also been nominated as female
vocalist of the year by the Academy of Country Music Awards.