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A Very Kacey Christmas

Kacey 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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Kacey Musgraves
00:03:01

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Martin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Blane, ComposerLyricist - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Let It Snow
Kacey Musgraves
00:02:24

Jule Styne, ComposerLyricist - Sammy Cahn, ComposerLyricist - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Bells, AssociatedPerformer - The Quebe Sisters, Fiddle, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Christmas Don't Be Late
Kacey Musgraves
00:02:11

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Bagdasarian, ComposerLyricist - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Bells, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Hoffman, Accordion, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
A Willie Nice Christmas
Kacey Musgraves
00:03:25

Willie Nelson, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Osborne, ComposerLyricist - Shane McAnally, ComposerLyricist - Trigger, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Bells, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Hammond B3, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Feliz Navidad
Kacey Musgraves
00:03:23

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Jose Feliciano, ComposerLyricist - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, Clapping, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Clapping, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Guitar, Clapping, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Upright Bass, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, Guitar, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Hoffman, Accordion, Whistle, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Christmas Makes Me Cry
Kacey Musgraves
00:02:52

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Shane McAnally, ComposerLyricist - Brandy Clark, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Bells, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Present Without A Bow
Leon Bridges
00:03:53

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Luke Laird, ComposerLyricist - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Austin Jenkins, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer - Leon Bridges, Vocals, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Mele Kalikimaka
The Quebe Sisters
00:02:53

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, Whistle, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - R. Alex Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Vibraphone, Ukulele, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Quebe Sisters, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Kacey Musgraves
00:02:27

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - John Rox, ComposerLyricist - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Percussion, Vibraphone, Ukulele, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer - Adam Keafer, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Scruggs, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Hoffman, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Kacey Musgraves
00:03:27

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Marks, ComposerLyricist - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Electric Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Piano, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Hoffman, Accordion, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Veda Dabbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cohen Dabbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Ribbons And Bows
Kacey Musgraves
00:03:30

Mark Petaccia, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, Clapping, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Michaels, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Electric Guitar, Piano, Clapping, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Tranter, ComposerLyricist - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Clapping, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Electric Bass, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Hoffman, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dallas McVey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Kacey Musgraves
00:04:29

Larry Franklin, Fiddle, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - Joe Spivey, Fiddle, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Petaccia, Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS TAYLOR, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Sears, Fiddle, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Producer, Bells, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Asst. Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Misa Arriaga, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Keafer, Upright Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Smith, Cello, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mr. Jimmy Rowland, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rory Hoffman, Clarinet, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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