Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material

By Dave Heaton

A sumptuous dive into classic country that's also an exploration of identity, growing and exploring the idea of self within the sentimentalized past and our social-media-driven present. 30 Jun 2015 // 2:30 AM

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