When the nominations for this year’s CMA Awards were announced, two artists led the field with six nominations apiece: The first (duh) was Taylor Swift, and the second was Kacey Musgraves, the 25-year-old Texan who has written hits for artists like Miranda Lambert and, in March, released her own Nashville debut, Same Trailer Different Park. Perhaps the best country LP of the year—and certainly the most promising debut in recent memory—the record’s two biggest tunes (“Merry Go ’Round” and “Blowin’ Smoke”) tackle small-town ennui, sung from the perspective of residents who just can’t escape, and the third (“Follow Your Arrow”) lists narrow-minded criticisms (“If you save yourself for marriage/You’re a bore/If you don’t save yourself for marriage/You’re a whore-able person”) before instructing listeners to live however we want.
Thu., Sept. 19, 9 p.m., 2013

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