Preview: Kacey Musgraves at Red Butte

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Musgraves poked fun at the South’s beauty pageant culture in her album art for “Pageant Material.”

Country star Kacey Musgraves will bring a little bit of East Texas to the Rockies on Thursday night at Red Butte Gardens.

Kacey Musgraves adds her modern girl-power personality to classic country sound. Her music has some serious Glen Campbell and Loretta Lynn vibes. Musgraves has also played several big shows with Willie Nelson (they even recorded a duet of “Are You Sure”), which practically makes her country royalty.

The Golden, Texas native burst onto the country scene a couple years ago with her album “Same Trailer, Different Park” and songs like “Follow your Arrow” and “Merry go Round.” These songs made conservative communities across the nation squirm a little with their lyrics about sexual orientation and herbal refreshment, but that didn’t stop Musgraves from pushing right ahead. Musgraves’ recent Rhinestone Revue tour was a global hit, selling out major venues in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Musgraves won a Grammy in 2014 for Best Country Album for “Same Trailer, Different Park” and was nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy for “Pageant Material” in 2016. She was recently nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for this year’s upcoming CMA Awards.

Musgraves’ sophomore album “Pageant Material” produced several gems, such as the title track which sports the lyric “And it ain’t that I don’t care about world peace / But I don’t see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage.”

One of the most distinctive aspects of Musgraves is her style, which diverges from the pop-crossover artists that often top the country charts these days. Kacey Musgraves dresses in true glam cowgirl fashion with enough rhinestones to rival Dolly Parton and a backup band that wears mariachi suits.

This show is sold out. Gates at 6, Show at 7:30.

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