Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Kacey Musgraves - New Album PAGEANT MATERIAL & UK Tour Dates

Kacey Musgraves new album PAGEANT MATERIAL is NOW OUT (released 23rd June 2015).
Scroll down to take a listen to the FULL Album and read the reviews.

  • UK TOUR DATES: She has announced a fresh UK tour this November and is the cover feature for the UK's Country Music People’s July issue magazine.

The "Follow Your Arrow" Texan native is a frequent UK visitor who has appeared several times in the last three years including BBC Radio 2’s >> Live in Hyde Park event in the Summer 2014.

She is now set to return for shows at The Sage in Gateshead, Birmingham Institute, Dublin Academy, the O2 ABC Glasgow, Manchester's Albert Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall between November 9 and 18.
Tickets go on GENERAL Sale: Friday 26th June 2015 at 9am priced at £22.50 (£27.50 in London), plus fees.
UK Tour Dates
Monday 9th November, 2015 - The Sage, Gateshead (Venue Sage One; £24 (includes £1.50 booking fee) Event Detail
Tues 10th November 2015 - The Institute, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, B5 6DY)
Thurs 12th November 2015 - The Academy, Dublin, IE (57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, 1)
Sunday 15th November 2015 - O2 ABC, Glasgow (9300 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JA)
Weds 18th November 2015 - Royal Albert Hall, London (Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP)

(June 16) Kacey wanted to have a fabulous album release party for her sophomore project, Pageant Material, so she enlisted the drag queens of Nashville gay bar, Play, to perform the album for her friends and industry insiders.
The party took place Monday night (June 15th) in front of a capacity crowd, but Kacey and her publicist friend, Elice Cuff, dreamed up the party during Elice's recent birthday bash at Play.

Before the album release show got started, Kacey recalled, "We were here for [Elice's] birthday, slightly inebriated, and she leaned over and was like, 'You have to do something here for your album.' And I was like, 'That is a brilliant idea.' So, it's all Elice's idea, and it was a really good one." The drag queens performed most of the tracks from Kacey's album, including the lead single, "Biscuits." In between the performances, Kacey took the stage to introduce each song while decked out in a black,
sequined jacket and satiny, black hot pants. As for the venue of her party, Kacey has been a regular at Play ever since she moved to Nashville several years ago. She went to a few gay bars while living in Austin, Texas, but none of them compared with the drag shows she saw in Music City.
WATCH Kacey >> Introduces Pageant Material Drag Show Album Launch
Watch Fun "Pageant Queen" Instagram Video


She's hosting another party at Nashville's Acme Feed & Seed to launch Texas-based vodka brand, Zodiac.
“When I first tried the vodka, I loved it and knew I wanted to be a part of it,” Kacey told the crowd. “It’s really cool that it is gluten free, I love that it is a healthier alternative and it tastes great. Make sure you visit your local retailer to buy a bottle, and if they don’t have it, tell them to get it.”
NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 16:  Kacey Musgraves attends the Official Party for
 Zodiac Vodka’s Debut in Tennessee. (Photos by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Zodiac Vodka)




















Kacey, who serves as the product’s brand ambassador, wasn’t just there to look pretty, which she did. A contest showcasing inventive vodka cocktails from six of the hottest bartenders in Nashville was part of the evening’s fun, and Kacey, her bandmates and the guests served as judges while they nibbled on mini beef and hot chicken biscuits . . . of course. …Read More at countryweekly.com
Related Post: Interview HOW (THE OTHERWISE GLUTEN-FREE) Country Music Star Kacey Musgraves Gets Her Biscuit Fix
Press Release PDF File (Oct 2014) Zodiac Vodka Launches in Texas and Announces Brand Partnership with Grammy-Winning Artist Kacey Musgraves

Watch Kacey Musgraves - Roses, Pantyhose & Pedal Steel (album introduction)




Watch  "Biscuits" Official video Published on Jun 10, 2015 (1 million+ views)
Peak Postions:  US Country Airplay (Billboard) #41, US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) #28




PAGEANT MATERIAL
14 Tracks/ Time: 46:02
BUY:  CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

Tracklisting:
1. High Time (Luke Laird / Shane McAnally / Kacey Musgraves) >> Live in Manchester
2. Dime Store Cowgirl  (Luke Laird / Shane McAnally / Kacey Musgraves) >> Audio
3. “Late to the Party” (Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne)
4. “Pageant Material” (Musgraves, Laird, McAnally)
5. “This Town” (Musgraves, Laird, Clark)
6. “Biscuits” (Musgraves, McAnally, Clark)
7. “Somebody to Love” (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
8. “Miserable” (Musgraves, Osborne, Clark)
9. “Die Fun” (Musgraves, Laird, McAnally)
10. “Family is Family” (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
11. “Good Ol’ Boys Club” (Musgraves, Laird, Natalie Hemby)
12. “Cup of Tea” (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne) >> Live at The Ritz Manchester
13. “Fine” (Musgraves, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally)
14. Are You Sure (Hidden Track) ft. Willie Nelson)" (Willie Nelson, Buddy Emmons)

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Our Top Tracks:
**** “Dime Store Cowgirl”, *** High Time, ** "Biscuits", ** "Somebody to Love", **" "Die Fun"

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What The Critics are saying about Pageant Material:

Musgraves is not just an original but very catchy. Pageant Material is a master class in how to produce a commercial album. This is an extremely strong outing that will likely out-do all the achievements of its predecessor. I guarantee you'll be singing it’s a hi-i-i-i-gh time before very long! (4.5 STARS) Duncan Warwick Country Music People

This is an even better album than her last, with more consistency and variety (Billboard; 4.5 STARS)

This album is comprised of many strands; thoughts, emotions, ideas that are enacted both sonically and lyrically, and delivered with an expression and personality that is purely Kacey....it’s one of the most brilliant records I have ever heard...What’s a sophomore slump? - For The Country Record 

Despite this conspicuous lack of hits, Pageant Material doesn't make concessions to commercial radio. It is of a piece with Same Trailer Different Park, partially because a chunk of it was written around the same time... Pageant Material favors softness, sometimes nearly swooning in its slowness.... on "Family Is Family," where it seems like she can't wait to be rid of those leeches -- but it's hardly enough to prevent the album from being a rich, enchanting collection of stories, confessions, and the occasional joke - AllMusic Review (Rating: 4 STARS)

While the album shares her debut's blend of old-fashioned country stylings and lyrics that adjust for a millennial's perspective, it's also a lot less assertive; it's a laidback, if melodically impeccable, set that makes subtle strides in developing Musgraves's sound....All this leaves Musgraves a bit short of the revolutionary edict the press have foisted on her. Her music is as rooted in organic country and western traditions as ever, flush with cosmopolitan strings, instrumental banjo breaks, and generous portions of pedal steel, but the songwriting comes less organically, too often stretching itself thin over a genre that's historically benefited from a measure of simplicity - Slant Magazine (Rating 3 STARS)


Musgraves' greatest strength, though, is in her storytelling. The way she captures bucolic life in "This Town" is remarkably evenhanded (NewsDay; Grade A)
Her understated sophomore masterpiece.... But Musgraves produces her finest songs when she squints into the sun and wonders about the future..... On her excellent second album, she brings us the whole block - SPIN (Rating: 9 of 10)

Her country pop remains warm and easy-going, her vocals relaxed and her most likable quality, a perky, faintly provocative wit, is very much intact. There’s a cheerful rejection here of the male country establishment, a breezy tribute to family that blends exasperation and affection, and even her forays into the classic second album themes of fame and dislocation are delivered with a self-deprecating charm. Though hooky and melodic, none of these songs quite has the earworm adhesiveness of the best country pop but Musgraves makes for enjoyable company nonetheless. (The Guardian; 3 STARS)


Pageant Material is an album of small, personal pleasures: the late-'60s countrypolitan touches of This Town, the confident individualism of Good Ol' Boys Club, the in-our-own-world romance of Late to the Party. Campy and sweet and touching, with the occasional winking allusion to drug use, these songs come from a woman determined to feel comfortable in her own skin...She may not be everybody's cup of tea, but Musgraves is certainly worth loving on her own terms (USA Today 3 out of 4 STARS)

Pageant Material adheres to the same winning formula of Same Trailer — almost too closely. Taken individually, the album’s 13 tracks serve as a master class on how to write a charmingly unique country song using smart metaphors that a fifth grader can grasp and that can make an octogenarian ache with recognition. But for now, saying the same thing over and over, even in fancy phrasing, is just another broken record. (Consequence Of Sound; Rating C)

Country Music People Cover Feature
Kacey is the cover feature for the July 2015 issue of Country Music People found in W.H.Smith stores from the first Thursday in July or via their subscription service or at www.uniquemagazines.co.uk
Country Music People editor Duncan Warwick writes: Here is the new front cover. The July issue includes possibly the longest reviews section ever... and still there wasn't room for them all! "Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy!" Enjoy.

In 2014 Mr. Warwick received The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award which recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR companies who reside outside the United States are eligible to win this award. Past UK recipients include: Wally Whyton, BBC Radio 2 (1992), Tony Byworth, Byworth Wootton (1993), Mark Hagen, VH-1 (1996), Terry Wogan and Paul Walters (2005), Alan Cackett editor of Maverick Magazine (2008), Al Booth, BBC Radio 2 (2010) and Bob Harris OBE, BBC Radio 2 (2013).
The way that country music is perceived in the U.K. has always been of concern to me and over the years I have done anything I could to further the cause,” said Warwick...Read more in the Full CMA Press Release

About Kacey Musgraves
Birth name: Kacey Lee Musgraves
Born: August 21, 1988 in Alba, Texas, United States
Origin: Golden, Texas
Genres:  Country, Alt country, Americana
  • Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album, SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK, in the spring of 2013 to massive critical acclaim and recognition.  The album which she co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird released to retail on March 19, 2013 landing the No.1 position on the Billboard Country Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart with 43,496 units sold and has since scanned GOLD selling over 500,000 copies. On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week April 27, 2013) made a debut at No.39 with sales of 2,634 sales for her first UK chart album. As of May 2015 it has spent 97 chart weeks on the UK Official Country album Chart
  • “Same Trailer Different Park” includes her top 10, platinum-selling single "Merry Go 'Round," (peak # 14 Hot Country Songs chart; #10 on Billboard Country Airplay). 2015 “Blowin’ Smoke,” (peak # 23 Billboard Country Airplay chart) gold-certified “Follow Your Arrow,” (peak # 10 Hot Country Songs chart; #43 on Billboard Country Airplay) and “Keep It to Yourself.” (#32 Billboard Country Airplay)
  • She’s received CMT Music Award and Teen Choice Award nominations, and has taken home the award for "New Artist of the Year" at 2013's CMA Awards.
  • "Follow Your Arrow" (writers: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves) WON Song of the Year at the 2014 Country Music Association Awards
  • Musgraves won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album
  • (Same Trailer Different Park) and took home the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park).
  • She has performed and appeared on the "Today Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," “”BBC Breakfast” and Aled Jones’ ITV “Weekend”.
  • She opened for Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour.
  • On March 16, 2015 she released "Biscuits" as the lead single from her second major label studio album, Pageant Material which has peaked at #41 on Billboard Country Airplay.
  • PAGEANT MATERIAL (Mercury Nashville) her fifth studio album and second major label album was released June 23, 2015. Musgraves co-wrote all thirteen tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.

For more information about Kacey’s upcoming performances visit: www.kaceymusgraves.com

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Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue Tour Dates:
8/27 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Buckhead Theatre
9/11 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
9/18 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
9/23 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
10/1 – Detroit, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/3 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Trocadero Theatre
10/9 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ The Howlin’ Wolf
10/11 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cains Ballroom
10/15 – Charlottesville, Va. @ Paramount Theater
10/16 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
10/23 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
10/24 – New York, NY @ Apollo Theater
11/9 –  Gateshead, UK @ Sage Gateshead
11/10 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
11/12 – Dublin, Ireland @ Dublin Academy
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow ABC
11/16 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
11/18 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
11/20 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
11/22 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg


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