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Songwriting a high priority for Musgraves

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Get your pirate flags ready to fly

What: Country superstar Kenny Chesney, four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, brings his “No Shoes Nation” tour to Fort Wayne along with up-and-coming country artist Kacey Musgraves.
When: 7 p.m. May 16
Where: Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.
Cost: Tickets are $79.50, $39.50 and $25. Other fees may apply when purchasing with a credit card, purchasing online or by phone. Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot. Tickets can be purchased at the coliseum ticket office (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday), all Ticketmaster outlets, select Walmart stores, www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

Country singer enjoys whirlwind of success

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

With one hit single and another climbing the charts, not to mention being on tour with Kenny Chesney, country singer Kacey Musgraves says, “My life has gotten way more fun.”

On the road in Peoria, Ill., Musgraves said over the phone she's getting less sleep but is enjoying every minute of her success. The Chesney tour will include a stop May 16 at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

She sees herself as a songwriter first and foremost. She says her songwriting process is different every time. “I keep writing; I keep evolving as a songwriter.”

Some of the material she records herself; other songs are performed by other artists.

“Through the writing process, it becomes apparent (whether a song she writes) is something I would do or not,” she said.

Her first single, “Merry Go Round,” was released in September and reached the top 10 of the Billboard Country Airplay chart. It's a song about the boredom and lack of ambition sometimes associated with small-town life. A sample of the lyrics include these words: “Mama's hooked on Mary Kay. Brother's hooked on Mary Jane. Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down.”

Musgraves has another single, a sort of bluesy sounding song titled “Blowing Smoke,” which is starting to get radio airplay locally. Both “Blowin' Smoke” and “Merry Go Round” are off her album “Same Trailer, Different Park.”

Country singer Miranda Lambert is currently enjoying success with her recording of “Mama's Broken Heart,” which was written by Musgraves and two other songwriters. It's currently ranked No. 3 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.

Musgraves loves traditional country music from artists such as Loretta Lynn, Lee Ann Womack and John Prine, but she also listens to other genres, such as hip-hop. And she loves Dolly Parton.

“I loved how she could tell a story,” Musgraves said.

Right now, Musgraves is just enjoying the ride, including waking up in a different place on most days. As for her future, she hopes to continue making music and enjoying life.

“I don't see the future in terms of numbers or dollars,” she said. “Literally, I just want to be happy.”