As you might expect from an artist raised in the tiny East Texas town of Golden, Kacey Musgraves didn't use her Grammy acceptance speech to brag, hotdog or pontificate.
"Winning this doesn't make my album any better than anyone else's," the 30-year-old singer said last month as she clutched her album-of-the-year Grammy for Golden Hour.
Staying humble is probably getting harder by the minute for a singer who's now won six Grammys. In addition to the album-of-the-year trophy, Golden Hour won for country album, country song ("Space Cowboy") and country solo performance ("Butterflies").
Despite her success in the country categories, don't be surprised if Musgraves keeps moving further away from country, ala Taylor Swift. She's long had a flair for pop-rock, covering Weezer's "Island in the Sun" in 2013 at the State Fair of Texas and TLC's "No Scrubs" in 2014 at the Granada Theater.
On her current tour - which takes her to Coachella, Bonnaroo and the Bomb Factory on Friday - she's been covering everything from Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" to NSYNC's "Tearin' Up My Heart." She also showed some serious pop chops on Golden Hour with the electronic, Bee Gees-inspired dance tune "High Horse" and the Broadway-style piano ballad "Rainbow."
In fact, the former Nashville Star contestant has been thumbing her nose at Music Row for years. One of her first singles as a major-label artist was the pro-pot, gay-positive "Follow Your Arrow." More recently, she wrote the Golden Hour lullaby "Mother" during an LSD trip.
"It would be really hard for me to label this as just a country album," Musgraves said, describing Golden Hour in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. "It's a melting pot ... a place where futurism meets traditionalism. I still love steel guitar and banjo, but I thought it would be dope if we put that with a vocoder and explored that world."
Her experiment paid off, with Golden Hour earning rave reviews since its release in March 2018.
It recently topped the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll of nearly 400 music critics. The Los Angeles Times called it "a knockout" while England's The Guardian said "everything clicks perfectly ... you'll be hard pushed to find a better collection of pop songs this year."
Country, pop... whatever you want to call it, Musgrave nails it.
Kacey Musgraves and opening act Sinclair perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at the Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St. Sold out. thebombfactory.com.