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Review: Kacey Musgraves at the Murat

Grammy-nominated country-pop star visited Indianapolis for her first show of 2019

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2018 was a big year for preeminent Nashville superstar Kacey Musgraves.

After establishing herself as one of country music’s most promising young talents with previous releases, Musgraves branched out in 2018 with her fourth full-length, Golden Hour.

Widely praised by many, Golden Hour expertly meshes elements of pop, country, and disco together over the course of 13 ear-grabbing tracks. Not surprisingly, it was nominated for several awards at the upcoming Grammys, including the always-coveted Album of the Year honor. Unlike some current and previous nominees of the award, most music critics (including myself) would certainly agree that Golden Hour is worthy of this accolade as well.

To open up the night, Richmond, Virginia’s Natalie Prass kicked things off with her brand of shimmering pop goodness. Much like Musgraves, Prass rather awkwardly interacted with the Murat Theatre audience in an unabashed way, performing many standout selections from her highly touted 2018 album The Future and the Past. This included the buoyant “Short Court Style,” which closed out her set and served as a great precursor to Musgraves’ performance.

The self-proclaimed “Spacey Kacey” kicked off her 2019 tour with a glorious bang, treating the sold-out Murat Theatre crowd to a meticulous pop music spectacle. Musgraves started the show off with several Golden Hour selections, including “Butterflies,” “Lonely Weekend,” and “Slow Burn.” While rattling off one gem after the next, she further emphasized her knack for writing no-nonsense pop, as her backing band was skilled yet tactful throughout the show.

About midway through the set, Musgraves and company performed a selection of tunes stripped down, which was highlighted by a bluegrass-y rendition of “Oh, What a World.” The versatile lineup then went back to full-band disco mode for the remainder of their performance,even playing a cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” in between Golden Hour songs.

Prior to performing “Follow Your Arrow,” Musgraves admirably spoke on inclusivity, saying that she hopes attendees feel welcome at her shows no matter who they are. To close out the night, she kicked off the encore with the piano-led “Rainbow,” following it up with a cover of Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon.” To cap things off, Musgraves sent fans home with her irresistible “High Horse” hit, which is admittedly still stuck in my head today.

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An Indianapolis native, I love all things music, especially of the local variety. My other passions also include comedy, social justice, and the Indiana Pacers.