NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 5, 2013 – Newcomer Kacey Musgraves took her rebel songwriting and her down-home charm to The Late Show stage on Friday (May 3) to perform her current Country single “Blowin’ Smoke.” A song co-written by Musgraves, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, the track serves as her newly released album’s (Same Trailer Different Park) second single, following on the heels of the melancholy lead offering, “Merry Go ‘Round.”
“Our next guest is a wonderfully talented Country singer and songwriter,” host David Letterman introduced. “Her current album is entitled ‘Same Trailer Different Park.’ It’s like I have a twin, frankly, ladies and gentlemen, when you think about it.”
Musgraves, with guitar in hand, then launched into the 9 to 5, blue collar anthem — backed by a full band. Offering up a second helping of honesty, the song speaks to those seemingly trapped by their dead-end jobs and are constantly vowing to escape one day. “We all say that we’ll quit someday when our nerves ain’t shot and our hands don’t shake,” she sings on the chorus.
Musically, her new album is traditional with obvious Texas-folk overtones, nothing like what is currently playing at radio. With the influx of such singer-songwriters, like contemporary Taylor Swift, Musgraves explains that even more change is coming. “I do think people like Taylor Swift have opened our genre up to people who wouldn’t necessarily ever listen to country,” she told CBS News. “And it’s made it in a sense more cool. So I do think there’s an influx of a little bit of change. But I want there to be more.”
She notes that the change is in the thematic elements, “just a widened acceptance of subject matter, I don’t know — the realization that you don’t have to sing about trucks and tailgates to be a country artist.”
Her tenacious ability to craft a compelling story in the face of mediocre talent has bestowed upon the 24-year-old the title of being a “rebel,” a label she doesn’t quite understand. “I’m just … me,” Musgraves told The Boot last month. “I think because I just naturally go against the grain of what’s been out there previously, that’s the only word (rebel) that they want to throw at me.”
As her current single “Blowin’ Smoke” suggests, Musgraves, in a black-laced emerald top, is not sitting by the side-lines in her music. In fact, she’s about as progressive-thinking as they come. “A lot of what gets on the radio isn’t saying anything other than somebody wants to be famous and will do whatever they’re told to get it,” she later confessed to The New York Times. “I don’t make music based on what radio would like.”
Check out her latest performance to the left.
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