Little Big Town opener sings of little town life
It's a safe bet country singer Kacey Musgraves won't perform a single song off her most recent album at a Feb. 15 Schottenstein Center show. That's not a knock on the record, either. It's simply a matter of timing. (After all, post-Groundhog Day would be an odd time to dig into A Very Kacey Christmas, from 2016.)
Rather, expect a heavy dose of Pageant Material, from 2015, as well as Musgrave's 2013 breakout, Same Trailer Different Park, a pair of albums that find the Texas-born musician balancing endearingly cornball humor (“Pageant Material”) and disarmingly progressive messaging (“Follow Your Arrow”) into her sweetly homespun odes to small-town existence. Of course, Musgraves has come a long way from tiny Golden, Texas — “I've had my picture made with Willie Nelson/Stayed in a hotel with a pool,” she sings on “Dime Store Cowgirl” — but her songs, at least up until this point, have maintained a degree of how-did-I get-here wonderment.
With three years having passed since Musgrave's last album of original tunes, however, I expect a bit of a shakeup when the musician's next record comes due. “Had to get away so I could grow,” she offered amid Pageant Material, and it'll be interesting to see what form she takes next.
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