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.
In addition, others voiced disappointment and concern for the singer’s long-term health.
Musgraves responded to one tweet questioning whether her admission wrongly promotes drug use to young fans.
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.