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Saturday To-Do: Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey Musgraves plays at Juanita's Saturday night.
  • Kacey Musgraves plays at Juanita's Saturday night.


KACEY MUSGRAVES
10 p.m. Juanita's. $25 adv., $28 day of.

Though she's still definitely young at 25, singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves is nonetheless a veteran performer, having been onstage and writing songs since she was in grade school. She was a contestant on "Nashville Star," and while she didn't win, it did open doors for her, including an opening spot on tour with Lady Antebellum and a deal with Mercury Records.

On her debut single, "Merry Go 'Round," Musgraves sketches a picture of small-town life that's miles away from the sort of small-town hagiography so many contemporary country performers indulge in. In the narrator's hometown, "Mama's hooked on Mary Kay / Brother's hooked on Mary Jane / And Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down." The song offers other sharp observations about how the small-town life isn't necessarily all that healthy.

The title of the album — "Same Trailer, Different Park" — is also a sly riff on this theme. Elsewhere on the album, specifically the follow-up single "Blowin' Smoke" and the double-standard debunking "Follow Your Arrow," she continues to cast a skeptical eye on the world of everyday middle America. She certainly seems to have good instincts not only for pop-country songwriting, but also for distinguishing herself in a crowded field of other up-and-comers.

Opening this show will be John & Jacob and Rodge Arnold.


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