Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has been following her own arrow since releasing her breakthrough sophomore album, Same Trailer Different Park, in 2013. It's a trend that continues on Pageant Material, from 2015, which arrives filled with lines espousing a refusal to conform, Musgraves singing: "You can't be everybody's cup of tea/ Some like it bitter, some like it sweet"; "Just hoe your own row and raise your own babies"; "I'd rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain't."

Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has been following her own arrow since releasing her breakthrough sophomore album, Same Trailer Different Park, in 2013. It's a trend that continues on Pageant Material, from 2015, which arrives filled with lines espousing a refusal to conform, Musgraves singing: "You can't be everybody's cup of tea/ Some like it bitter, some like it sweet"; "Just hoe your own row and raise your own babies"; "I'd rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain't."

Though hailed as a country outsider in some circles, the Texas-born Musgraves has never professed to be anything but a purist at heart. "Around here we all look out for each other," she sings without the slightest hint of sarcasm on "This Town," a celebration of small town American life. Besides, the singer's cheeky sense of humor, which reaches full flower on the dashed pageant dreams of the title track, carries on a country tradition passed down through the years by the likes of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, and no one out there is questioning either of their bona fides.