Kacey Musgraves has made a career out of going against expectations in Nashville, and it looks like she’s about to do it again.
When her third studio album, “Golden Hour,” comes out in March, fans will hear about six straight-up love songs from Kacey. For the girl who rose to fame singing about rolling up joints on “Follow Your Arrow” and the downside of love on “Merry Go Round,” this new, softer approach definitely registers as a musical left turn.
Of course, this album is Kacey’s first release since meeting and marrying her husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly. They tied the knot last October, but the two of them have been crazy about each other from the moment they first met.
In a new profile in “Texas Monthly,” Kacey recalls going to see a show at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe. One singer/songwriter performing that night sang a song about an unhappy guy trying to let down his guard to love. Kacey found herself crying over the lyrics, but she couldn’t see the singer’s face.
She says, “His songs reminded me a lot of John Prine.”
After the show, Kacey struck up a conversation with the writer, who turned out to be Ruston.
He recalls, “She was wearing a black dress, and of course she had that long black hair. I thought, ‘This is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.’ ”
Kacey and Ruston met up a few weeks later to write songs together and ended up staying up talking until three in the morning. She describes the night as the moment her life changed forever.
Says Kacey, “It was just like when Dorothy opens a door in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and the world turns into color from black and white.”
The love affair that began that night is responsible for the tender songs Kacey is singing on her new project. The “Texas Monthly” profile includes the lyrics to one song, titled “Oh, What a World.”
“Oh, what a world / I don’t wanna leave / All kinds of magic all around us, it’s hard to believe / Thank God it’s not too good to be true / Oh, what a world, and then there is you.”
Kacey goes on to say that “Golden Hour” shows “a different color of who I am.” She adds, “I don’t feel like I would be doing a favor to myself or anybody who enjoys my music if I just repeated myself. Music isn’t made for that reason, you know.”
It should be noted that Kacey’s new album isn’t made up exclusively of love songs. There’s still a little bit of a wild streak left in the girl from Golden, Texas, as evidenced by this tweet from last December.
A fan asked for a tip about what to expect from her upcoming album, and she replied, “There’s a song I wrote while on an LSD trip and missin’ my mom. Then she texted me at that moment and I lost it and wrote most of it.”
It’s not every day you hear of a celebrity admitting they’ve taken LSD. Leave it to Kacey to always keep things interesting!
By the way, Kacey’s mom wasn’t too happy about her daughter spilling all those details.
Look for Kacey to release two new songs from “Golden Hour” on Friday, Feb. 23.
She’ll perform her new music on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night, Feb. 26.