Mercury recording artist and quirky singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves launched her first headlining tour on Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.
After playing a rowdy set that included a cover of Weezer's "Island In The Sun" and her Top 10 single "Merry Go Round," Musgraves closed her set with the risky "Follow Your Arrow" gay rights anthem -- also announcing the track as her next single to hit radio waves.
"Where my gays at?" she asked the screaming crowd, moments before launching into the song, an offering from her No. 1 album "Same Trailer Different Park." As she strummed along to the lyrics, the gathering crowd cheered and applauded at all the right moments, perhaps proving the song to be a perfect entry for a new generation of country music fans.
“I’ve learned so much from the amazing artists who’ve invited me to tour with them over the past couple of years and can’t wait to take that knowledge and work it into this tour in my own quirky way,” Musgraves tells Music Row of the tour. “I’m excited to get back on the road and bring our little trailer park to the fans.”
Before releasing her major label debut album, Musgraves released three independent records. “I have to remind myself that I have been working hard for this,” she asserts. “Because literally, it’s so much fun that I get to wake up and do what I love every day. So many people fight that every day and have to do something that they hate, so I’m really lucky.”
Musgraves' headlining tour continues through the end of October and takes the songbird overseas and all across the country. The tour goes as such:
Oct. 2Nalen – Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 3 John Dee – Oslo, Norway
Oct. 6 Postbahnhof – Berlin, Germany
Oct. 7 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct. 9 Oran Mor – Glasgow, UK
Oct. 10 Academy 3 – Manchester, UK
Oct. 11 Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
Oct. 13 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London
Oct.26 Western Carolina University-Ramsey Regional Activity Center - Cullowhee, NC
Oct. 29 Missouri University-Jesse Auditorium – Columbia, MO
Oct. 30 Eastern Kentucky University-EKU Center for the Arts – Richmond, KY
Oct. 31 Ohio University-Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium – Athens, OH
Check out Musgraves' performance of the song at the Bowery above.