A huge part of Kacey Musgraves’ appeal, ever since the lyrics of “Follow Your Arrow” flashed a pair of middle fingers at country singer expectations back in 2013, remains her unflinching honesty. For most, Musgraves’ openness brings a level of realness to country music that some artists avoid in this age of media over-saturation.
While addressing a fan tweet over Christmas about her forthcoming album Golden Hour, Musgraves shared that an LSD trip influenced an unspecified song. A chance text from her mother during the trip provided instant inspiration.
In the grand scheme of things, drug-influenced music isn’t that unusual. After all, desert hangouts often go hand-in-hand with a different kind of way out West trip, which is also the subject of Marty Stuart’s recent single of the same name.
Still, Musgraves’ admission elicited a wide range of responses. Some fans found humor in this tale of homesickness and acid trips.
So this old hippie is wondering where in the heck do you get LSD. Last time I saw acid was in 1983.
— MC (@crystalmother) December 27, 2017
If it isn’t about having a deep convo with your mom and then realizing she’s actually a tree, I don’t want to hear it.
— John Schmidt (@duckinspokane) December 26, 2017
In addition, others voiced disappointment and concern for the singer’s long-term health.
If you are doing LSD and God knows what else, you are going to end up as a very popular young dead person. What example are you setting for your young fans.
You look like and sing like an angel, please please don’t waste your life on drugs.
— Jim Lewis (@jim_lewis1018) December 26, 2017
Musgraves responded to one tweet questioning whether her admission wrongly promotes drug use to young fans.
I don't need to try to make it cool. It just is. Opens my heart and mind. But every man for themself. What works for me may not work for you https://t.co/ifAxJTNjsW
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) December 26, 2017
Whatever your stance on Musgraves’ LSD trip may be, one thing is for certain. Success hardly diminished her unapologetic openness.
There’s no set release date yet for Golden Hour, which is expected to hit shelves in early this year.