Kacey Musgraves was one of several artists who inspired me to start Fusion Country, so naturally she’s my first review. I had the fortune to see Musgraves live about a month ago and I got to hear several of her new songs on her upcoming album Golden Hour. After hearing them, I could not be more excited for its release. This album should be on your radar. What makes this album so exciting is Kacey goes to whole new places sonically while keeping her excellent songwriting. One of the songs that excited me the most was her closing song, “High Horse.” Normally, Musgraves is known for her slower and more serious songs. But this is a certified jam and most bubbly song she’s ever done. This is a dancing song. The funky, bouncy melody grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go until you want to hit the replay button. It’s essentially disco country. The song itself is dismissal to jerks who think they’re above the crowd and think themselves better than you. It also puts an emphasis on taking the high road, a nice reminder for all of us. Traditionalists are going to hate this, but don’t let their attitudes hold you back from enjoying this song (as this song says, don’t let them kill the buzz). Because “High Horse” is one of the most fun songs you’ll hear out of country music in 2018.
Grade: Fantastic jam country, dance music!
Songwriters: Kacey Musgraves, Trent Dabbs, Tom Schleiter