The first night of the eleventh annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music & Love held at El Comsico in Marfa, TX, kicked off with Dan Dyer, Tift Merritt, The Wild Feathers, and headliner, Kacey Musgraves.
Kacey Musgraves headlining El Cosmico? Considering the Grammy winner and country darling regularly fills arenas, I knew us festival-goers were in for a real treat. To have the opportunity to see her (and others) play this intimate stage where everyone has a front row seat was spellbinding.
Neon pink, yellow, and green cacti adorned the stage as Musgraves’ band took their positions decorated in nudie suits adorned with twinkling lights. One could’ve mistaken them for the night sky, which shines just as brightly, way out in far west Texas.
The Texas native sang a number of her hits including “High Time,” “This Town,” and “Family is Family.” Watching her set, it quickly becomes evident why the singer’s skyrocketed to stardom over the past few years.
A sharp, clever songwriter, Musgraves’ lyrics are filled with words of wisdom with a southern twist.
On “Biscuits” she sings, “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.” On “Silver Lining” she muses, “’Cause if you’re ever gonna find a four leaf clover / You gotta get a little dirt on your hands,” and on “Cup of Tea” she encourages self-assurance with the lyrics, “You can’t be everybody’s cup of tea / Some like it bitter, some like it sweet… / So you might as well just make it how you please.”
In between her witty, affirmative songs, Musgraves shared stories of her small-town upbringing in Golden, TX (the inspiration for many of her songs), and how she had an unshakable sense of self from an early age. Determined to do things her way, including pursuing singing, Musgraves eventually moved to Austin and then Nashville where she found her footing as a musician.
‘FOLLOW YOUR ARROW’
Just when the crowd thought the set was winding down, Musgraves turned up the energy – and turned on her light-up boots – to perform Nancy Sinatra’s, “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” Everyone then lined up to take a bow before walking off stage in a trail of lights.
Musgraves set the perfect tone for the festival with her lighthearted, carefree and spirited songs. Afterall that’s what Trans-Pecos Festival is all about: ‘following your arrow’ and appreciating the beauty that’s all around.