Saturday, March 5, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Fans of Kacey Musgraves will finally have the upstart country artist all to themselves on Saturday. For the first time since her controversial breakout hit “Merry Go ’Round” reached a widespread audience three years ago, Musgraves is headlining a show in Kansas City.
Musgraves opened a concert for Kenny Chesney at Arrowhead Stadium in 2013 and supported Lady Antebellum at the Sprint Center in 2014. While her lilting sound isn’t dramatically different from the output of those mainstream country stars, the subversive messages in many of her songs make Musgraves the equivalent of a wolf in sheep’s clothing to conservative members of the country music establishment.
The Texan has a lot on her mind. “Follow Your Arrow” promotes acceptance of varying gender preferences, marijuana use and religious agnosticism. She lobbies against the temptation to settle for the path of least resistance on “Merry Go ’Round.” Even though she insists that “I got too big for my britches” on “Dime Store Cowgirl,” the potent messages on her two nationally distributed albums set Musgraves apart from the majority of her peers.
Now that’s she firmly established, Musgraves no longer needs help from the likes of Chesney and Lady Antebellum. In “Good Ol’ Boys Club,” she acknowledges her outsider status: “When did it become about who you know and not about how good you are?”
The Cactus Blossoms, a sibling harmony duo that will also benefit from attentive listeners on Saturday, opens the show.
Tickets are $28.50 and $38.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Concert previews by Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink