8 Reasons Kacey Musgraves Is Your New Fave: A Kacey Musgraves Appreciation Post

For many of us, the best thing to happen at the Grammys last night was our introduction to Kacey Musgraves. Welcome to the club, I have been here for some time. Here are the top reasons I am unashamedly in love with Kacey Musgraves!


1. She placed fifth on the Reality TV Show Nashville Star in 2007 (remember that show? me neither) and still came in FIRST PLACE at The Grammys (remember that show? YEAH YOU DO).

Nashville Star Publicity Photo

Nashville Star Publicity Photo

2. She co-wrote all of the songs on Same Trailer Different Park, the show Nashville, and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” (you should watch her version!).

3. Her songs have depth. Actual depth. And for the most part, every song’s message is “Be Yourself And Be Happy.”

4. As Contributing Editor Audrey said, “I like Follow Your Arrow so much because it’s not an ally song in the overbearing ‘look at how progressive and ally-like’ I am way. It’s just ‘you do you’ you can two-step to.”


5. When was the last time you heard a country song positively reference smoking pot, atheism, premarital sex, and kissing whoever the fuck you want? Maybe this will start a new progressive movement in country music!

6. Kacey could be a super successful crossover artist in the same way that we’re really only seeing from Taylor and Carrie at the moment, but you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying her songs like you do whenever you put on the Taylor Swift Pandora station.

7. She has never posted a food picture on her Instagram — but did post about Lisa Frank, Hocus Pocus and how much she loves using baking soda as an exfoliant which I’m wholeheartedly behind.


8. This Outfit really takes “No/Minimal Pants” to the next level:


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  1. I love Kacey Musgraves so much but didn’t know anything about her. Thanks, Hansen! “Merry Go Round” and “My House” are also pretty great.

  2. I just bought the album.

    Also, “It’s just ‘you do you’ you can two-step to.”

    I am so going to stuff the request box at Charlies with her songs.

    and I am devising a plan to make my own light up cowboy boots.

    • I cannot wait to country dance at a gay bar to her music. Let’s overwhelm the request box at Charlie’s together!

    • Is that a Shetland Pony? I think it’s a Shetland pony. I was attacked by one of those as a child and am subsequently terrified of all tiny horses.

  3. “a super successful crossover artist in the same way that we’ve really only seen from Taylor and Carrie thus far”

    Shhh… don’t tell Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, or The Dixie Chicks.

    • Hahahaha! You’re so right. Nice catch. I really meant that we’re only seeing in Taylor and Carrie at the moment.

      But still, besides Shania our options were blonde and pure (LeAnn before the whole affair thing which made her less pure and less popular), blonde and pure (Faith), and three blondes that became unpure once they became progressive.

  4. i’ve been digging kasey musgraves since i first heard merry go round on the npr music end of the year show last year.
    i’d like to think she’ll be thrilled to be featured on AS :)

  5. I can’t believe she sang a country song about kissing girls and smoking joints and won a grammy, i am still getting over it

  6. Her performance was pretty interesting last night, but autostraddle as usual has me sold to listening to her album. I take she is on Spotify or Xbox music?

  7. I absolutely LOVE the kitschy cowgirl femme thing she does sometimes! That dress and those light up boots at the grammys were pure gold.

  8. I have been listening to “Follow your arrow” since the Grammys. This is great. So happy she won

  9. Her version of Mama’s Broken Heart is so perfect! I only get country music on the radio in my apartment so I really hope I get to hear her more often.

    • She doesn’t get a lot of play, at least on my country stations here in Upstate NY/Vermont. Some people on twitter were saying Follow Your Arrow will never get on mainstream country radio because pot and gay, but who knows! Hopefully they’ll start playing Merry Go Round more at least.

      • I’d be happy to hear Silver Lining, My House, or Merry Go Round on the radio. I agree about Arrow, maybe I should request it on the local college stations so more people hear it…

        Maybe then we could get people to request it on the country stations. =)

  10. Ohhh man, I really really do not like this genre of music, but I love that Arrow song so hard.

    Also, I kept expecting her to be identified as Mandy Musgrave’s younger sister but I guess that is not the case?

    • That’s Mandy Musgrave, she’s Kacey Musgraves. Different surnames, unless there’s a plural side of the family? But don’t they almost look similar?

      • Ahhh, okay, I remember having the same conversation months ago but didn’t realize the surnames were different!

  11. Aww this is such a cute song. I was in mid-eyeroll when she sang “kiss lots of boys” but then the line after it instantly made my heart warm.

  12. As someone who generally doesn’t like country music, but will listen to every album on every year end list, I was surprised by how much I liked her album, and I’m all about her.

  13. I heard ‘Follow Your Arrow’ on another site (can’t remember which) a few months ago and immediately fell in love with it, partly because my response was “yay this is like a You Do You anthem”! I was so pleased to hear she won a Grammy.

  14. Oh my gosh, yessssssssss. I’ve been in love with her for since I first heard her. I have a ton of nostalgia over country music and I’m so glad that there’s some more out there now that I can listen to without feeling guilty about it.

  15. I don’t mind folks that post food pictures on ig. I like food. I’ve bonded with many strangers over a good looking plate if nachos.

  16. 1) yes Yes YES! I love her and I’m excited for her to get some mainstream recognition.
    2) I love that you just call them “Taylor and Carrie” because that’s how I talk about celebrities too. I know them, and no one can convince me otherwise!

  17. The men of country music have been making Hank, Johnny, and Patsy roll in their graves (see Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line) with their brand of “hey baby, hop in my truck, here’s a red solo cup, like those cut off jeans” bro country…

    But have no fear, the ladiez (Miranda, Kacey, The Pistol Annies) will save the genre.

    This Southerner approves.

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