Barbara Musgraves and Darrell Gene were sitting in the front row earlier this month when their 30-year-old granddaughter, Kacey Musgraves, was honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
And Kacey, in turn, honored them, according to CMT News.
Pointing to Barbara, the singer-songwriter told the crowd, “That lady right there was my first booking agent. She was ready with a press kit on her person at all times and would sling it to anyone who would care to hear. And even if they didn’t care to hear, she was going to give it to you. She would pick up the phone [with] gigantic balls of steel, and she’d say, ‘Now, I have an entertainer for your event: it’s my granddaughter.’ And nine times out of ten it worked.”
“My grandfather is sitting right there,” Kacey said. “I guess I was in middle school, and he thought it would be cool if he set me up a turntable, and I would come home after school, I would be bored, and I’d dig through all the vinyl. I didn’t really know what I was picking out or what I was looking at … I would like the cover, and I would just listen to it to see what it would sound like. One of those things was The Byrds’ Sweethearts of the Rodeo. I loved the cowgirl on the front, and I grew up singing a lot of country and western music. But also in moments like that, I fell in love with music way before my time.”
Kacey added, “None of this would be possible without them also carting me around in all the minivans to all the crazy situations that we gotten ourselves in and would continue to go back to.”
Kacey grew up near her grandparents in Golden, Texas and now lives with her husband in Nashville. Until next June, the Hall of Fame and Museum will be displaying an exhibit of her stage wear and personal artifacts, which include a notice from her high school that she was a “continuous classroom disruption.”
Her most recent album, Golden Hour, won four Grammies and has been a Billboard bestseller for more than a year.