Kacey Musgraves closed out Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night with a charming performance of her globe-trotting single, “Dime Store Cowgirl.” In the song, one of the standouts from the Texas native’s recently released Pageant Material LP, Musgraves reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences and a few of iconic places she’s been, noting that in spite of the perks her success has afforded her, she’s “still the girl from Golden,” the tiny East Texas town where she grew up.
The cowgirl tag Musgraves wears proudly was firmly in place even before her teens, when the singer-songwriter released two independent LPs featuring such tunes as “Life of an Old Cowhand” and “Whatever happened to the Yodelin’ Cowgirls.”
“I look back now and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s so cheesy,” Musgraves told Rolling Stone Country earlier this summer. “I sound like a chipmunk.'”
While some of the singer-songwriter’s best moments (getting a picture taken with Willie Nelson, feeling dwarfed standing underneath Mount Rushmore) are recalled in the tune, one event that’s really close to home for her yet isn’t referenced is Golden’s annual Sweet Potato Festival, which takes place in October. Musgraves played the festival three years ago to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Befitting the title of her current album, Musgraves will take her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue to St. Louis on Friday, September 18th, where she’ll play a sold-out show at the Pageant. The following day, she’ll be in Chicago for Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary show. Then on September 23rd and 24th, Musgraves and band will play a pair of sold-out shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Find more of her upcoming tour dates here.