Born in Golden, Texas, on Aug. 21, 1988, Kacey Musgraves stormed the music scene in 2012 and has been steamrollin' ever since.
She started writing songs when she was 8 years-old and self-produced three albums before signing with Mercury Nashville.
Though she was influenced by Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, John Prine, Bobbie Gentry, and Jim Croce, this six-time Grammy winner has been heralded for her unique lyrics and for putting a twist on old-school country sound. She has released four albums, Same Trailer Different Park (2013), Pageant Material (2015), A Very Kacey Christmas (2016), and Golden Hour (2018).
If you haven't given this amazing talent a listen, we've got seven of our favorite Musgraves songs to help you get started. Give us a week, and we think you'll agree that Kacey Musgraves is a true gem among the costume jewelry that decorates country music today.
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Merry Go 'Round was released in September 2012 as the lead single from Kacey Musgraves' debut, Grammy Award-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park. Co-written by Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the song's a cynical observation of life in the American heartland and references Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, Jack and Jill, and Mary Had a Little Lamb. The song peaked at No. 63 on Billboard Hot 100, but it hit No. 14 on Hot Country Songs, No. 10 on Country Airplay, and won Musgraves another Grammy for Best Country Song.
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Released in 2015, Pageant Material is Kacey Musgraves’ second album under the Mercury Nashville label. Most of the songs were recorded live in Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, and the effort earned Musgraves her second Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. The title song was never released as a single, but we think it would have done well commercially. She uses tongue-in-cheek lyrics to poke fun of herself for not being Pageant Material, and many of us here at Vinyl resonate deeply with that sentiment.
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Silver Lining is from Kacey Musgraves' debut album, Same Trailer Different Park (2012). Written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, Silver Lining was never released as a single, which is a shame. The melody is uplifting and easy-going, and the lyrics explore the idea that we have to weather the darkest, hardest of times to experience the brighter things in life. All in all, it's one of our favorite Musgraves tunes.
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Written by Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, Blowin’ Smoke was released on April 1, 2013 as the second single from Musgraves’ album, Same Trailer Different Park. The song is about a down-on-her-luck waitress talking shit about this and that and starts and ends with diner sound effects recorded at a Waffle House. It peaked at No. 31 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and No. 23 on Country Airplay. The music video was directed by Honey.
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Released on Feb. 11, Rainbow is the fifth single from Kacey Musgraves' latest studio album, Golden Hour (2018). Written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Natalie Hemby, it landed at No. 98 on Billboard Hot 100, No. 20 on Adult Contemporary, and No. 17 on Hot Country Songs. It's a message of hope for those facing adversity and was the last song her grandmother heard her write before died.
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Kacey Musgraves’ 2018 album, Golden Hour, won two Grammys for Best Country Album and Album of the Year. Two of the songs also won Grammys. Butterflies won for Best Country Solo Performance and Space Cowboy for Best Country Song. Musgraves got the idea for Space Cowboy when her riding teacher told her that when a horse wanted to run there was no point in shutting the gate. A couple of days later, Kacey, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally put together the finishing touches.
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Biscuits was the lead single for Kacey Musgraves’s 2015 album, Pageant Material, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. Written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally, and Brandy Clark, Biscuits peaked at No. 28 on Hot Country Songs, No. 41 on Country Airplay, and Billboard ranked it at No. 16 for the Top 25 Songs of 2015 and No. 1 for 10 Best Country Songs of 2015.
Written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Josh Osborne, Late To the Party is from the 2015 album, Pageant Material. It was never released as a single, but Musgraves performed the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It’s about being happy in love, and it’s a whimsical, easy-going tune worthy of inclusion on any “Best of Kacey Musgraves” compilation.
Together original members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner were Eagles. Formed in 1971 while touring with Linda Ronstadt, Eagles are the highest-selling band in American history with 150 million copies worldwide. "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" held the title for all-time highest-selling album until 2009 when Michael Jackson's "Thriller" took the top spot following his death. The group later expanded to include Don Felder, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit. Over the course of their career, Eagles have won six Grammy Awards, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and are always included in the "Greatest Artists" lists in publications all over the world. We'll do our best to narrow down the list to just seven awesome songs as we pay tribute this week to Eagles.
With the recent passing of Phillip Everly (Jan. 3, 2014), we’d like to take this time to pay tribute to The Everly Brothers. If you don’t have the Everly Brothers in your music collection, you’re missing out on one of the most beautiful harmonies you’ll ever hear in music.
Don and Phil Everly started out singing as part of The Everly Family on a radio program in Iowa. When the family moved to Tennessee, Don and Phil transitioned out of the family act and into a duo.
If you think the Everly Brothers are just old-school crooners in a time when music was vanilla as vanilla ice cream, you’d be sorely mistaken. Everything we call country rock today has stemmed from the Everly Brothers’ influence.
They were the Beatles’ Beatles, gods for Simon & Garfunkel, and the wave the Beach Boys rode in on.
“Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula” are among the Everly Brother’s 35 Top 100 songs, more than any other duo.
“Wake Up, Little Susie” was a bit controversial for the time because naysayers thought the song was too sexual. The song was banned on radio stations in Boston and other part of the country.
Not only were the Everly Brothers popular in the United States, they were just as successful in Britain, thus the connection to the Beatles. In the U.K. they had 30 chart singles, 29 in the top 40, 13 top 10 and 4 at No. 1 between 1957 and 1984.
Accolades and Tributes
Rolling Stone has labeled them “the most important vocal duo in rock.” They have been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame.
Three Everly Brothers tribute albums were released in 2013, including Norah Jones and Billy Joe Armstrong’s “Foreverly.” There have also been several famous covers of their songs including Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s version of “Gone Gone Gone” off the “Raising Sand” album, Reba McEntire’s “Cathy’s Clown,” and a-ha’s “Crying In the Rain.”
Although their influence runs deep through today’s music, the main reason you should add the Everly Brothers' music to your playlist is their harmony. It’s beautiful, soothing, and graceful, the perfect background for just about any day of the year.
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"Wake Up Little Susie" is a classic Everly Brothers' tune. It's catchy, clever, and quite controversial for the time. It was banned from the radio in places like Boston for its suggestive lyrics. The song has been covered by Simon & Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, and Alvin and the Chipmunks, to name a few. If there's one Everly Brothers' tune you must have, it's this song.
If you haven't heard "Cathy's Clown" then you really need to have a listen. Not only is the song the Everyly Brothers' biggest hit, but it was also a huge influence on The Beatles, who once considered calling themselves The Foreverly Brothers. The Beatles recreated the vocal arrangement of "Cathy's Clown" in their first U.S. single, "Please Please Me."
The song "Bye Bye Love" was rejected by 30 other acts before the Everly Brothers. The song became the duo's first million-seller reaching number two behind Elvis and number 1 on the country charts. The song is catchy, which is probably why it's been covered by people like George Harrison, Simon & Garfunkel, Roy Orbison, and Ray Charles.
You gotta have "All I Have to Do Is Dream" in your playlist. It's so beautiful and relaxing and sad and soothing all at the same time. Enough said.
"Bird Dog" is a lesser known Everly Brothers' hit, but the lyrics are clever and the beat is fast-paced. The song's simple and very fun to sing. Give it a listen and you'll find yourself singing the song later on in the day.
"('Til) I Kissed You" is a must-have Everly Brothers' song. A swanky beat and beautiful harmony is at the core of this song. You'll find yourself singing this song to your significant other, if you're on good terms, as you twirl them about the living room.
"Gone Gone Gone" is a classic break-up empowerment song. If you've ever kicked someone to the curb because they treated you less than in your relationship, then give this song a listen. You'll find yourself feeling a whole lot better. As a bonus check out Alison Kraus and Robert Plant's cover of this song from their album, Raising Sand.
If you like country music, you'll love their classic country roots. If you don't like country music, you'll like their clever lyrics and rebellious attitude. No matter what side of the fence you're on the Dixie Chicks are a win-win for every music fan. Just to be clear - we're talking music here, not politics.
Not having Dolly Parton in your playlist is a sad tale worthy of its own country song. Not only has Dolly Parton's songs topped both the country and pop charts, but she is also an awesome actress and an incredible entertainer.
Parton began her career as a child performer. Starring on a Porter Wagoner's weekly television show, Parton gained prominence in the late 60s, but it wasn't until the 1977 hit "Here You Come Again" that she became a household name.
She steamrolled through the 70s, 80s, and 90s with hits like "9 To 5", "Jolene", "Islands In the Stream", "But You Know I Love You" and " I Will Always Love You", which is one of the best selling singles of all time, with Whitney Houston's help.
"I Will Always Love You" is the second song ever to reach the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 in separate chart runs, and
Parton is the first artist to earn a number one record twice with the same song as a singer, and three times as a writer.
But "I Will Always Love You" is just one of many Dolly Parton songs that are not only genuine and sincere, but also catchy and, at times, heartbreaking. The heartfelt combo is attributed to both Parton's distinct soprano voice and her honest and simple lyrics. Dolly Parton is truly a great songwriter.
Not only is Parton one of the most successful female country artists of all time (estimated 100 million in record sales), but she is also an acclaimed actress, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.
She's an advocate for childhood literacy, creator of Dollywood, and has starred in films like "9 To 5", "Steel Magnolias", "Rhinestone", "Miss Congeniality 2", and she's made countless cameos in TV shows like "The Simpsons".
Here at Vinyl, we have mad respect for Dolly Parton. She's bubbly, playful, and her music is well preserved. She's a classic and a major pioneer for women in the music industry.
Once you've sampled some of her tunes we think you'll agree, there's only one Dolly.
Tipping Our Hat To Dolly
7 Must Have Dolly Tunes
1. 9 To 5
This toe-tapper is a great Monday morning battle cry for your commute. Dolly knows just how it feels to fight through the rat race, and the movie is a hysterical call to arms for women's rights in the workplace that also stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman.
One of the most powerful and moving "Keep Your Hands Off My Man" songs out there, "Jolene" is a classic song that represents the honesty and sincerity of Dolly Parton's lyrics.
3. Two Doors Down
Two Doors Down is the kind of song that gets stuck in your head. It's an upbeat tune about recovering from a break-up. The lyrics are classic Dolly, and the song's fun to sing. Plus, it makes you feel good, which is muy importante during the break-up process.
4. Here You Come Again
Here You Come Again is the song that officially put Dolly Parton on the map, earning her the 1979 Granny award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Such a great song with wonderful lyrics and Dolly's sweet, signature sound.
5. Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That
This song is 100% Dolly. The quirky lyrics and the knee-slappin' pace of the song turns a sad situation into a fun and delightful musical experience. Who hasn't ran into someone they used to date and thought, "dang"?
6. I Will Always Love You
Despite what some in younger generations may think, I Will Always Love You is Dolly Parton's song. Though Whitney Houston made Dolly rich on a cover of the song, I Will Always Love You is a touching, simple, and heartbreaking song about lost love and a must-have for any Dolly fan.
On the album "Little Sparrow", Dolly dabbles with covering a few of her favorite songs. Her remake of "Shine" gives the classic song a bluegrass feel and is a testament to Dolly's longevity, style, and dedication to her roots.
_If you haven't heard of Matthew and the Mandarins, you're not alone. Many people haven't, but apparently back in the day Matthew and the Mandarins were all the rage in Singapore.
Led by Matthew Tan, the five-member band plays a melodic blend of country-western songs, which is a rare find in Singapore's rap and pop music culture of today.
The compilation album of the band's greatest hits includes cover versions of Stranger (Kris Kristofferson), Movin' On (Merle Haggard) and Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet). There are also original numbers like Let's Put The Sing In Singapore and the very popular Singapore Cowboy.
Ready to get on a horse and ride into the Singapore sunset? The next best thing is to listen to Matthew and the Mandarins. It not only brings back fond memories of the good old days of authentic country music, but also offers a reminder of a time when country music was king in Singapore. Though, we're not exactly sure when that was.
Vinyl Music Shop would like to thank Jimmy the cab driver for helping us discover this amazing find.
Singapore Cowboy - Matthew and the Mandarins
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