Kacey Musgraves’ girlish voice and bouncy beats bring some much needed levity to this year’s holiday season. The 12 tracks are an eclectic mix of old — “Rudolph” and “Let it Snow” — and new, including four self-penned tunes.
The highlight is “A Willie Nice Christmas,” honoring fellow Texan Willie Nelson, who adds trademark picking and smoky vocals on lines like “May we all stay higher than the angel on the top of the tree.” Leon Bridges adds soul to the pure pop sound of Musgraves’ “Present without a Bow.”
A Western swing-y version of “Mele Kalikimaka” is a boot-scootin’ step above the tune’s traditional island sound. And kids will love the playful “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”
The mood turns subdued on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” with the whine of a steel guitar challenging the hopeful lyrics.
But with her chirpy charm, Musgraves somehow makes you believe when she sings, “From now on our troubles will be out of sight.”
Musgraves will be at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 9. Her “A Very Kacey Christmas” show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Kirby box office or at ticketmaster.com.
Kacey Musgraves, ‘A Very Kacey Christmas’