A Very Kacey Christmas

A Very Kacey Christmas

by Kacey MusgravesKacey Musgraves


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Kacey Musgraves is often praised for keeping certain country traditions alive but, even so, the retro vibe of A Very Kacey Christmas may come as a bit of a shock. Musgraves crafts her holiday album -- arriving just three records into her career, a relatively swift event -- as an homage to the swinging sounds of mid-century modern, cannily blending lounge with a hint of exotica. Musgraves doesn't spend much time with shopworn standards, opening the record with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Let It Snow!" before taking a series of left turns. Many of these twists are clever re-appropriations of novelty songs, tunes that are played straight but delivered with a wink -- a gambit that plays slightly better with the Chipmunks' "Christmas Don't Be Late" than Gayla Peevey's "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," which can't help but seem silly in any guise. Such frivolity is charming, though, particularly because Musgraves slyly waltzes right up to the edge of kitsch without ever crossing over into camp. It's a delicate balancing act that she performs with ease because there's a lightness to her delivery and also to her original tunes. Despite its title, "Christmas Makes Me Cry" is as sweet and delicate as falling snow; the Leon Bridges duet, "Present Without a Bow," is coolly relaxed soul; "Ribbons and Bows" is an ebullient slice of Motown bounce, and the deliberately goofy "A Willie Nice Christmas" -- which naturally features a cameo by Willie Nelson and his faithful Trigger, too -- are all clever stylistic exercises that balance the gentle Mariachi bounce of "Feliz Navidad," the island breeze of "Mele Kalikimaka," and cabaret croon of the closing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Each of these sounds play off of one other to create a sharp, playful, and warm holiday record, the kind that evokes the past while feeling fresh and seeming destined for many years of annual spins.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2016
Label: Mercury Nashville
UPC: 0602557084221
catalogNumber: 002546902
Rank: 47263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kacey Musgraves   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Larry Franklin   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Sears   Background Vocals
Joe Spivey   Background Vocals
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums,Knee Slaps
Chris Scruggs   Lap Steel Guitar,Requinto
Rory Hoffman   Clarinet,Guitar,Accordion,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Piano (Upright)
Quebe Sisters   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Nathaniel Smith   Cello
Kyle Ryan   Percussion,Piano,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Background Vocals,Vibes,sleigh bells
Adam Keafer   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Josh Hedley   sleigh bells
Misa Arriaga   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Bells,Gut String Guitar
Gena Johnson   Background Vocals
Leon Bridges   Vocals
Dallas McVey   Background Vocals
Cohen Dabbs   Background Vocals
Veda Dabbs   Background Vocals
Jimmy Rowland   Piano,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Drum Triggers
José Feliciano   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Steve Chadie   Engineer
John Rox   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Todd Bridges   Composer
Justin Tranter   Composer
R. Alex Anderson   Composer
Kacey Musgraves   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Whistle
Rory Hoffman   Whistle
Luke Laird   Composer
Ryan Gore   Engineer
Brandy Clark   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Kyle Ryan   Producer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Mark Pettacia   Engineer
Austin Jenkins   Composer
Misa Arriaga   Producer
Gena Johnson   Engineer
Kelly Christine Sutton   Art Direction

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