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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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/articleid/3867275/1/pictures/2171413">Photo - Kacey Musgraves. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Kacey Musgraves. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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.

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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