Tough women in post-Swift Nashville

Nashville never stops producing country talent. Our pop music critic offers up two of his budding favorites: Caitlin Rose and Kacey Musgraves.
by Matt Carney Modified: July 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm •  Published: July 31, 2013
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Unfortunately, it seems like critics enjoy Musgraves more than the charts do. Months ago when I heard her sassy, Miranda Lambert-indebted "Blowin' Smoke," I thought a Top 10 spot was well within reach. Released April 1, it never managed to surface.

Chart aspirations don't seem to be a concern for Rose, however, who's played around in Nashville punk and indie bands for years. (Worth noting: Caitlin's mother Liz is part of Swift's Grammy-winning songwriting team, with credits on "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "You Belong With Me".) She’s taken up the family business of country all the way through "The Stand-In" though, writing herself a more ladylike persona backed by Telecasters and a rich organ tone.

"I Was Cruel" proves her newfound delicacy in a time of self-discovery: "I never knew I was cruel baby, until I met you" and, along with that old-timey album cover, mentions of chantilly lace on "Pink Champagne" are among those aforementioned archetypes set by the female country singers before her.

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by Matt Carney
Online Editor
Matt Carney is the night editor of NewsOK.com and a 2011 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was born in Tulsa, lives in Oklahoma City and misses QuikTrip every day.
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