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If you were to ask me to describe my taste in music, I’d have to say that I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.
As cliched as that sounds, it’s absolutely true. I can get down with Sammy Kershaw, Lyle Lovett, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and Lucinda Williams just as easily as I can with Iron Maiden, Beck, Radiohead, Heart, and Phish.
I grew up listening to Charlie Rich, Charlie Pride, Linda Ronstadt, The Beatles, Herb Alpert, Elton John, and The Oak Ridge Boys, so it makes sense that I’m a little bit scattered when it comes to tunes.
It also makes sense that I would be intrigued by Joseph Hudak’s description of Kacey Musgrave’s new album, Golden Hour in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. “A collection of country, folk and dreamy electronica that she sums up as “space country” or “galactic country.” I mean, wut? How awesome does that sound?
And awesome is exactly what it is.
When I was in high school, I saw U2 on their Unforgettable Fire tour and was probably more mesmerized by the opening band, Lone Justice, than I was with the main act. They had this female lead singer who had the most beautiful voice I’d ever heard. It was both gritty and sweet at the same time. I didn’t even know how that was possible. When Maria McKee sang her version of Tom Petty’s “Ways to be Wicked,” I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I bought all of their tapes (because, yes, I am old and that’s what we used to do) and sang along to the songs at the top of my lungs, imagining that it was me on stage in front of that band.
Kacey Musgraves reminds me a lot of Maria McKee. Her voice is smooth and soothing, and I swear that my blood pressure drops when I hit play on this album. Imagine Poco with a female singer. You’re intrigued now, too, aren’t you?
“High Horse” and “Rainbow” are my two favorite tracks, but the entire album has been in pretty regular rotation for me the last few weeks. Take a listen:
Like what you hear? I thought you might. Now, go listen to the full album on Spotify.