| April 19, 2016 | Culture
Tell-it-like-it-is country singer Kacey Musgraves has shared the stage and studio with some of the biggest names in music. Starting this spring, it’s George Strait at T-Mobile Arena.
“Life ain’t always roses and pantyhose, and I ain’t pageant material,” Kacey Musgraves sings on the title track of her second major-label album, Pageant Material, released last June. Yet while she’s never been one to describe herself as the star of the show, it’s safe to say 27-year-old Musgraves— who famously beat Taylor Swift in the Best Country Album category at the Grammy Awards in 2014— will be a fitting complement to King of Country George Strait when she opens his recurring shows at the new T-Mobile Arena.
How did you feel about being chosen as the sole opener for George Strait’s Vegas shows?
Kacey Musgraves: I’m from Texas, and you don’t grow up in Texas without being a big fan of George Strait, so I was extremely ecstatic—it was an immediate yes.
Besides Strait, who were some of the other artists that inspired you the most growing up?
KM: I had a huge love of Top 40 pop radio, like ’N Sync and the Spice Girls. But I also grew up in Texas around country music, so there was a big mash-up of the two genres going on in my head. Then I got really into the whole songwriting world— Buddy and Julie Miller, Patty Griffin, Mindy Smith—and somewhere along the way I found a blend of all of those things. With Pageant Material, though, I was really inspired by Jim Croce, John Denver, and Glen Campbell.
This was a whirlwind year for you; what were some of the highlights?
KM: One of the big ones was bringing Sheryl Crow out on stage with me at the Ryman Auditorium to sing “If It Makes You Happy.” She came out and it was just such a moment—my ultimate karaoke dream come true. We also sang “Are You Sure” with Willie Nelson on New Year’s Eve for a sold-out crowd, and that was mind-blowing.
Your songs are known for their relatability, but people also seem eager to ascribe political meanings to your lyrics. Does that bother you?
KM: My songs are inspired by life as I live it and make mistakes and have relationships and triumphs and arguments. People are always going to take away their own meanings, and that’s fine. I don’t let other people’s ideas attach themselves to me or bother me. That’s the beauty of a song: It can mean one thing to me and a totally different thing to someone else.
From $75. April 22–23, September 9–10, December 2–3, and February 17–18, 2017. T-Mobile Arena, 844-582-7362
photography by Kelly Christine sutton
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