It’s been three years since Kacey Musgraves released her last non-holiday album, “Pageant Material” (2015). She’s back in 2018 with a new album, “Golden Hour,” that releases on March 30, and in advance of its debut she has released a new song, “High Horse,” with a lyric video she premiered on March 22. It’s a markedly different style for the country singer-songwriter with its uptempo disco beat. Could she challenge for Taylor Swift‘s pop crossover crown? Watch the video above.
Though the sound of “High Horse” is a departure for Musgraves, the subject matter is familiar. Like in past hits “Follow Your Arrow” and “Biscuits” she’s striking back against holier-than-thou attitudes, singing, “I think we’ve seen enough / To know that you ain’t ever gonna come down / So, why don’t you giddy up / And ride straight out of this town / You and your high horse.”
Musgraves broke through with her major label debut “Same Trailer Different Park” (2013), which earned rave reviews and put her on the map on the awards scene when she upset Taylor Swift‘s “Red” to win Best Country Album at the 2014 Grammys; Swift had been heavily favored because “Red” was also up for Album of the Year. Musgraves also won Best Country Song for “Merry Go Round” that year, and she earned another Country Album Grammy nom in 2016 for “Pageant Material.” To date she has also won three Academy of Country Music Awards and two Country Music Association Awards. Do you think “Golden Hour” will live up to its title and set her up for another strong awards season?