Review by: Evert Wilbrink
Photos by: Deborah Wilbrink

Evert Wilbrink is former President of King Biscuit Flower Hour Records in New York and managing partner of the Teye Guitars brand.
Deborah Wilbrink is a Personal Historian, journalist and editor, and is about to release her book+CD “Time To Tell”.

A great burlesque night with Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material!

Kacey Musgraves is a Golden Girl. She’s from Golden, Texas. She’s the girl from “Same Trailer, Different Park”. The Grammy winning girl of Different Country parked her trailer last night at Play Dance Bar on Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, for one of the most entertaining listening parties I’ve ever been to. Kacey is Different Country, at the same time as Ashley Monroe and Brandy Clark she started singing stuff in 2013 that the boys who ruled the Live Music Capital of the World (not Austin!) never dreamed of saying in public. No Red Solo-cups for Kacey, but talking trash, praising weed, bringing up gender-meandering issues. Her “Follow Your Arrow” got embraced by the gay and lesbian community, and I see it as a motivation for all of us to chaseour dreams. Life is short, don’t spend it in misery, garroted by conventions. ‘If you save yourself for marriage you’re a bore but if you don’t save yourself for marriage you’re a whore (able person) – If you can’t lose weight you’re just fat but if you lose too much, then you’re on crack – You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t, so you might as well just do whatever you want – Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls, if that’s something you’re into – When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight: Roll up a joint, or don’t – Just follow your arrow wherever it points!’

She might have woken up one day on the wrong side of rock bottom, but Kacey Rules in 2015. Just like the title of her brand-new album Kacey is “Pageant Material”. We got invited to enjoy her new songs at Play. On Saturday-night the Nashville Birds of Paradise gather around restaurant Suzy Wong, neighboring disco Tribe and the Play Dance Bar. And that’s where Kacey spent a lot of time during her first years in Nashville. She linked up with gay writer Shane McAnally, who co- wrote the hit-single “Mama’s Broken Heart” and became a house-hold name in the liberal part of the Country. She decided to go back to Church Street and the Play Bar for the launch of “Pageant Material”. Her new album, that continues to tell the world to be tolerant or mind your own business. “Biscuits” is the first single from “Pageant Material”: ‘Taking down your neighbor won’t take you any higher, I burned my own damn finger pokin’ someone else’s fire – I’ve never gotten taller makin’ someone else feel small: If you ain’t got nothin’ nice to say don’t say nothin’ at all – Just hoe your own row and raise your own babies, smoke your own smoke and grow your own daisies, mend your own fences and own your own crazy: Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy!’ She asked her friends of the Play Bar, the burlesque stars, to lip-sync her vocals for a raving audience of friends, fans, crew-members and the ever-thirsty but baffled media. The ‘girls’ were impressive delivering Kacey’s songs with heart, soul and body. And Kacey had a little story to tell about every new song she threw at us.

Kacey earned two Grammy’s with the material from “Same Trailer, Different Park”. Competition two years later is a lot fiercer, but the album is as strong as her previous body of work. Maybe sound-wise a little compacter, and with lots of winks at classics from the past. Thanks Kacey for inviting us to the Play Park for a truly enjoyable night of burlesque entertainment and liberating songs.

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