She’s one of country music’s most buzzed-about young performers, but one listen to Kacey Musgraves vocal contribution on “Guess You Had to Be There,” from Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson’s upcoming album, No Pier Pressure, suggests she could have fit in well during the girl-group heyday of the Sixties.
The breezy tune, on which Musgraves sings the verses and Wilson the choruses, sounds tailor-made for summertime radio play, and Wilson’s production, naturally, is beautifully layered, with just a hint of banjo in the mix. Although he’s long had a reputation for demanding something close to perfection from studio musicians and singers, Wilson tells Rolling Stone, “When it’s good it’s good, when it’s not — do it again. But after three tries, Kacey nailed it. I like the way she just slides over the notes — she has a very cool sound.”
No Pier Pressure also features contributions from Nate Ruess of fun., She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) and his Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and David Marks. A 13-track and 16-track version of the album will be released, the latter as a deluxe CD and a two-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
The award-winning Musgraves, who recently released “Biscuits,” the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album, has also just been added to the lineup of this year’s Bonnaroo. The singer also appeared in 2013 at the annual music festival, which takes place east of Music City in Manchester, Tennessee. Musgraves and hardcore country singer Sturgill Simpson are the only two country acts on the 2015 bill, though there are a few bluegrass and Americana artists, as well. The four-day event kicks off June 11th.