East Texan Kacey Musgraves: 'Biggest breakout success of 2013'

Published on Monday, 27 January 2014 23:01 - Written by Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

“Huge” doesn’t quite seem to encompass Kacey Musgraves' night

Sunday as the newcomer sin-ger/songwriter from Mineola twice won Grammy gold, a sentiment that is shared among her friends and family back home in East Texas.

Barbara Musgraves said you could have heard her screaming across the region she was so excited when they called her granddaughter’s name as she won best country album for “Same Trailer Different Park.”

“If you opened the door, you would have heard me,” she said. “We were at some dear friends’ house, and they’ve known Kacey since she was a little, tiny baby. And between my friend, Mercy, and myself, we blew the roof off the house. It was a very joyful scream, believe me.”

Despite being a longtime musician and having self-released three albums before “Same Trailer Different Park,” Mrs. Musgraves said the simple fact she was going to the Grammys, much less being nominated multiple times against big name musicians, was something of an arrival statement for the blossoming artist.

“This was Kacey’s first time around at the Grammys, and she’s such a new artist, we were shocked when she got four nominations. Very happy, but shocked. Then for her to go there and be up against the pros that she was competing with, we were just blown away, and very, very excited for her.”

Kacey Musgraves was up against the likes of Taylor Swift and Lindale native Miranda Lambert for the best country song award and Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean for best country album.

But even as proud as she was of Kacey, Mrs. Musgraves said she and her family never expected this level of recognition so early in her granddaughter’s career.

“I always knew in my heart that Kacey had all this talent and that she would succeed, but it’s really come fast. But we just feel so happy for her, and like I said, she is so blessed,” Mrs. Musgraves said. “A lot of people have helped along the way. No one ever does this by themselves. So we’re always grateful for anyone who helped in any way to put Kacey on this path.”

There’s always a tidal wave of pressure for a star who rises so quickly, and it can quickly turn even the most promising of artists on their head. Mrs. Musgrave said she is confident her granddaughter is in the best place possible to navigate those pressures.

“Kacey has a really good head on her shoulders. She’s really smart in decision making and she is surrounded by a team of people that is just outstanding,” She said. “We know her people and we feel like family and we do not worry at all because they are there and they’re going to protect her and see only the best for her.”