First Listen: Kacey Musgraves, 'Golden Hour'

With wry intelligence and savvy positioning, Musgraves carved out a comfortable space for herself at country music's boundaries — now she's letting her millennial guard down.
Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour comes out Mar. 30 on Mercury. Source: Kelly Christine Sutton

There's a line in "Slow Burn," the opening track of Kacey Musgraves' new album Golden Hour, that has been recycled, word for word, from her unreleased crowd-pleaser "John Prine" (better known to her fans as "Burn One With John Prine"). The song was an early introduction to her performing persona, an occasion for her to wear her irreverent outlook as a badge of honor and slyly boast: "Grandma cried when I pierced my nose / Never liked doing what I was told."

To those who have been eager to apply a rebel

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