Central Kentucky is friendly territory for country music acts, and the Eastern Kentucky University Student Activities council is bringing an artist Wednesday who already has gotten a lot of love in 2013.
Kacey Musgraves‘ Same Trailer Different Park has been hailed as a breakthrough for the Texas star for her winsome performance of smartly written songs that sometimes veer from contemporary country standards. The radio is filled with tunes that idealize rural life, but Musgraves often takes a counterpoint position, as in her radio hit Merry Go Round, which portrayed dysfunctional life dictated by tradition and expectations. In an eight-out-of-10 star review for Popmatters.com, Steven Horowitz wrote:
“Musgraves takes the mundane details of small-town existence to show that the superficially pleasant place is filled with hypocrisy and broken dreams. She’s keen enough to know that life doesn’t always turn out like you want it to, pride can be an excuse for ignorance, and sometimes the people you love are the same ones that hold you back.”
But Musgraves music isn’t always down. My House takes life living in a trailer and makes it seem romantic, following the wind across the country with her beau. And Musgraves keeps the mood light, injecting her lyrics and performance with lots of humor, as in her new single, Follow Your Arrow, which challenges some of country’s more conservative conventions about same-sex relationships and drug use. In interviews, Musgraves has cited legendary artists who were frank and challenging, including Loretta Lynn, as inspiration.
Opening Wednesday’s show is Nashville artist Rayland Baxter.