Life as it unfolds... by country music song writer Ben Krahne

The Unvarnished Truth: Map To More Country Music Fans’ Hearts

Every country song tells a story, but when Kacey Musgraves is delivering it, you can count on it being akin to a reality show. A true country music song writer, Kacey is both songwriter and singer - one who has a gift for capturing everyday life unvarnished and relating it back to us in a way that clearly resonates with her audience. It's a talent that has made her music a hot topic not just in the industry, but with millions of music lovers.

She's on a roll with #1's, a winning streak that isn't an overnight sensation. Musgraves had her eye on singing at the top before she graduated from high school. It's been a while coming, this arrival in the spotlight. Some might say that its her timing given the recession and all. Perhaps its the quest for reclaiming stuff, living more naturally that has listeners so engaged with songs from her debut album. An album that's got her nominated for Top Female Vocalist for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Something Kacey wasn't expecting at all.

While its not a secret that people love user-made videos, Musgraves certainly wasn't expecting her iPhone shot country music video for her Merry Go Round track to be nominated by the ACM either. Could you tell it was done with a cell phone? Even if you could, it's still very cool and knowing that's her dog is in the footage will only make a bigger connection with fans. Real life, unvarnished... that's what country music has always been based on. The song writer horse, dog, cows, kids... that's real and makes an emotional connection between the singer and the song. It makes the music speak that much louder to the audience than a lot of glamour and glitz.

Everyday life is basically sans bling and varnish. Musgraves' tunes mesh with it perfectly. A little bit gritty, but oh so real and every story is told so well when she's singing it. Here's to wishing Kacey a ton of luck on all three of her ACM nominations. You go girl! May you walk away with them all on Sunday.

Her Top 15 hit, Merry Go Round, went gold yesterday according to her tweets. No doubt her Same Trailer, Different Park album will enjoy increased sales after the Academy Awards show airs on CMT this week.


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