by Aprille Hanson
If you want to hear the truth about small-town living, the last thing you need to listen to is mainstream country radio. It’s not about partying down a dirt road, kicking the dust up and riding around in trucks. I don’t know of any artist today that captures the simplicity and at the same time the complexity of small town living while still having a sound that’s very marketable (despite low airplay) better than Kacey Musgraves. She’s cute as a button, tough as nails and her greatest weapon of all – total honesty. Her latest song “Biscuits” is a pretty simple concept – “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.” It’s so Southern and the play on words is masterfully creative. It was co-written by Musgraves, the hit-maker Shane McAnally and a star in her own right Brandy Clark. It’s a silly song, but with nuggets of real wisdom: “Taking down your neighbor won’t take you any higher,” “Pourin’ salt in my sugar won’t make yours any sweeter,” “Pissin’ in my yard won’t make yours any greener” and “The holiest of holies even slip from time to time.” These lyrics are just phenomenal and the music video is even better. With Musgraves not afraid to look drab and old-fashioned at the beginning to the “Hee-Haw” type atmosphere for the chorus (complete with a fiddle playing Muppet and a baby goat) that shows her in a cute, short Western dress, she is just masterful in her vision. Musgraves knows herself, her music and her fans. She’s a true artist who doesn’t need to pander to country radio. She’s just flat-out better than that.