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Kacey Musgraves represents for country with Katy Perry's pop audience
Make no mistake; Kacey Musgraves is all country, from her "Nashville Star" run in 2007 to songs she's written for Miranda Lambert and the "Nashville" TV series to her own Grammy Award-winning "Same Trailer Different Park" last year.
But the 25-year-old singer and songwriter from Texas also feels comfortable opening for the latest leg of pop star Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour.
"I've been a fan of hers since she came out and just really dug her and the fact you can tell that she is who she is, which is something I really admire," says Musgraves, who became friendly with Perry then the later championed Musgrave's 2012 single "Merry Go 'Round" via Twitter. The two subsequently joined forces for a CMT "Crossroads" episode earlier this year.
"I thing touring with her is going to be really interesting and really good for me, 'cause there are a lot of people at her shows who would probably never have heard country music, otherwise. So I'm proud to be an ambassador, and if I pick up some new fans along the way that'll be great. I think if people are just coming to hear great music and have a great time, it'll make sense."
Musgraves, of course, is doing just fine even without any pop crossover. "Same Trailer Different Park" hit No. 1 on the Billboard country albums charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and it's spawned four singles so far -- including this summer's "Keep It To Yourself." She's starting to gather ideas for her next album, though Musgraves notes that "nothing is taking specific shape yet."
Mostly, Musgraves is just taking a bit of time to enjoy her success before figuring out how she's going to do it again.
"Y'know, I got to make a record I was really proud of, and it really represents me, my head and my heart," she says. "It's been nice to be able to kind of build a world around me where I can be myself and people know what to expect when they hear my music or get a piece of me.
"That's been the most fun thing, is just being able to be myself. I feel like when that happens, the rest falls in place."
Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11
Palace of Auburn Hills, Lapeer Road at I-75
Some tickets, $49-$128.50, are still available
Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com
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