Kacey Musgraves continues to build anticipation for her sophomore album, Pageant Material, as she and her band delivered a bouncy rendition of “Family Is Family” on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers this Wednesday. Driven forward by acoustic guitars and light percussion, the breezy tune is punctuated with such pithy observations as “they own too much wicker and drink too much liquor” and “they might smoke like chimneys but give you their kidneys.”
When it comes to country music’s family, Musgraves clearly continues to draw inspiration for her wry, witty lyrics and simple melodies from such icons John Prine and Roger Miller. But that mindset sometimes has her clashing with the higher-ups at her record label.
“[Label executives will say], ‘We need an uptempo for summer, and it needs to be this long.’ It’s like, ‘What happened to just a good song?'” Musgraves tells Rolling Stone Country. “I don’t remember the last time I thought, ‘I would love to hear an uptempo right now.'”
Earlier this week, Musgraves debuted the music video for Pageant Material‘s first single, “Biscuits,” the inspiration for which, she explains, is “Hee Haw meets Pee-wee’s Playhouse meets Wes Anderson.” In the clip, Musgraves churns butter, hangs out with chickens, and duets with a fiddle-playing Muppet. There’s also a goat and guy dressed up as an ear of corn.
All of this seems par for the course for the unpredictable singer-songwriter, who recorded a duet with the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson earlier this year. She has also hinted that her next LP could be drastically different from both Pageant Material and the Grammy-winning, Same Trailer Different Park, noting that a surf album or collection of reggae songs could be in her future.
Pageant Material will be released on June 23rd.