On August 2nd, The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue tour made a stop at the historic Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. For one spectacular (and very sparkly) evening, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter showcased that enthralling blend of classic country-inspired sounds and progressively thought-provoking lyrics which has made the country renegade the one to watch out for within the traditionally conservative music genre.
Charlie Worsham exceeded his opening act role with flying colors. The Nashville-based musician successfully set the tone for a chill and cool night of entertainment ahead. His cheeky and fun original songs “Lawn Chair Don’t Care” and “Birthday Suit” elicited great laughs from the crowd.
The star of the show Kacey Musgraves received a grand introduction as the reigning Cactus Queen as she entered the stage, which was decorated in honor of her colorful and dazzling aesthetic of glowing neon cactuses, shiny hot pink streamer curtains and glitter everywhere. Even the boys in her backing band were dressed up in their cowboy hats and get-ups.
The concert setlist included selections from Musgraves’ acclaimed albums Pageant Material and Same Trailer Different Park, both of which cleverly satirize topics along the spectrum of love and life, from challenging constrictive gender expectations and norms (“Pageant Material,” “Good Ol’ Boys Club”) and dismissing critics and busybodies (“Step Off,” “Biscuits”), to dealing with dysfunctional family members and the personalities in a small town (“Family Is Family,” “This Town”) and letting yourself embracing joie de vivre (“High Time,” “Die Fun” and “Silver Lining”). Along with her catchy upbeat tracks, Musgraves lent her sweet voice to a few slower numbers, including the nostalgia-ridden “Fine” and “I Miss You,” and two fan favorites “It Is What It Is” and “Late To The Party.” In addition to her originals were a countrified cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and a rockin’ rendition of “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which was penned by Musgraves and recorded by Miranda Lambert. The two standout moments of the show were when Musgraves performed an intimate acoustic solo of “Merry Go “Round”, the song that started it all for her, and the audience singalong to her greatest hit to date, the ‘love who you love and love who you are anthem, “Follow Your Arrow.” Musgraves rounded out the sensational evening of song with an unforgettable encore to “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” during which she waltzed around on stage in a pair of light-up white cowboy boots.
In addition to the music, Kacey gave proper props to her band mates and allowed them ample time in the spotlight by allowing the guys to show off their skills (from balloon animal making to juggling) during the talent show portion of the revue production. Her playful banter with the audience, such as when she recounted the story behind the nickname “Dime Store Cowgirl,” revealed the humor and approachability that has struck a chord with her loyal listeners. This may have been the Texas native’s first headlining show in Vancouver, but rest assured, the golden girl from Golden will be back to brighten up the concert experience for her Canadian fans for years to come.
Kacey Musgraves will be back on the road in the United States this September. For show dates, visit kaceymusgraves.com/events.