Although 2016 is still a few weeks away, Kacey Musgraves has concert dates booked through the year that will take her from Dallas, Texas, to Dublin, Ireland. But it’s not like she spent 2015 lounging around. Musgraves hit the road hard this year, on her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, which launched in August and included stops in Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta and a two-night stint at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. In all, the tour took the Texas-born “Dime Store Cowgirl” and her band to six countries, with every one of her shows in England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and the Netherlands selling out.
Musgraves was back in Nashville in October for the Grand Ole Opry’s annual “Opry Goes Pink” event in support of breast cancer awareness, and although the title cut of her latest album asserts that she’s not Pageant Material, the singer-songwriter’s outfit suggested otherwise. Dressed in a sparkly, pageant-inspired pink outfit with a pink bandana around her neck, Musgraves looked like she was ready for the talent portion of the evening — the only thing missing was a flaming baton. While her live shows have included covers of TLC, Nancy Sinatra and Coldplay (with Britain’s Prince Harry looking on as she sang), she also dusts off classic country tunes for the set list, as she did on this Opry appearance with one of Hank Snow’s biggest hits, “I’ve Been Everywhere.”
Also covered by Johnny Cash, Lynn Anderson and many others, “I’ve Been Everywhere” had it roots in Australia in the late Fifties. Songwriter Geoff Mack wrote the tune, which is distinguished by its quick-fire listing of cities and towns about his Australian homeland. A hit first for Aussie singer Lucky Starr in 1962, the tune’s American re-write became a smash that same year for Hank Snow. A Canadian by birth, Snow thought the song should include American and Canadian place names but his version actually incorporates a few Central and South American locales, too.
While the first verse of Musgraves’ version moseys along at a leisurely pace, once she hits the chorus, they’re off and running… everywhere from Reno to Padilla without a rest stop in between. As she races to the finish line, it’s tough to tell from her fast and furious delivery whether she missed any of the destinations along the way. As the song comes to a stop, the band sings “We know some place you haven’t been” but Musgraves counters with “We’ve been everywhere,” adding a road-tested “We really have.”
Austin, Omaha and Riviera Maya, Mexico, are just some of the places Musgraves and her band will be after the holidays. See (and try to sing along to) her tour dates here.