Kacey Musgraves Calls for More Diversity in Country Music
Kacey Musgraves' debut album, 'Same Trailer Different Park,' is less than a year old, but she is already making huge waves with her music.
The singer, who won two Grammys last month, including one for Best Country Album, is also nominated for five ACM Awards, including for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. But while she's received plenty of positive support, she's also faced a lot of backlash, especially with her controversial single, 'Follow Your Arrow.' But she isn't about to let the negativity distract her from making the music she loves.
"I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and I don’t really want to be," she tells the Wall Street Journal. "I think if you’re everyone’s cup of tea, that probably means you’re a little bit boring, or you’re not pushing yourself. Creativity happens where it’s dangerous and scary, where you’re not comfortable. And that’s how it should be. That’s real. Music isn’t supposed to be vanilla. It’s not supposed to be something absolutely everyone enjoys. Frankly I’d love to see even more diversity in country music. Art is not supposed to be McDonald's."
The Texas native has been called a rebel by people in country music, but she says that title couldn't be further from the truth.
"I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap," she concedes. "The things I’m singing about are not controversial to me, I don’t push buttons to push buttons. I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through. I know not everyone is going to relate to everything I’m saying, but that doesn’t make me a rebel. When Hank Williams sang about addiction and cheating and heartbreak and hating his life, he wasn’t being rebellious, he was being real."
"I’m thrilled that country music fans like my stuff, but so do a lot of people outside of country music, people who just love music," she adds. "My goal is more to reach music lovers than to appeal to a genre. I love country music and I’m proud to represent it, but I don’t obsess over it as a category. Are there new rules? I’m not sure. Less rules, maybe. Every generation has to dig out their own path."