As 2013 draws to a close here’s Barbara Ann’s picks for the top 4 female country artists that will be making country hits and news in 2014.
‘Strawberry Wine’ Singer Deana Carter on Her New Album, Writing with Kacey Musgraves & Watching ‘Nashville’
“It was hugely important, writing with new artists and seeing their passion and drive, the freshness. It was so inspiring for me,” Carter said of working with Musgraves.
Kacey Musgraves shot her latest video, “Follow Your Arrow,” in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. “It was probably some of the most fun I’ve ever had,” she told Radio.com.
Brandy Clark battled for two years to get her record out, but it’s now topping off a banner year for the singer/songwriter, who doesn’t mind bending the usually traditional genre’s rules a little bit.
“To me, country music has always been about real life, real things,” she said.
Kacey Musgraves delivered an impressive and well-paced set of easy swinging country tunes with a pop twist. With echoes of southern rock like the Allman Brothers in some of her band’s extended arrangements, the emerging Texan singer-songwriter introduced a flair for reggae with her song “Step Off.”
“I think it’s definitely time for those issues to be accepted in country music — I mean it’s 2013,” she said. “Regardless of your political beliefs, everybody should be able to love who they want to love and live how they want to live.”
Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Pete Seeger Join Willie Nelson, Neil Young, More During Farm Aid 2013
Along with Farm Aid board members Nelson, Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, the annual event also included such guests as Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jack Johnson, and Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah.
“It’s such a great cause,” and it’ll also be an “amazing day of music,” said Musgraves. Presented by CBS Radio, the Oct. 23 benefit at the Hollywood Bowl also features Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding and Tegan & Sara.
Watch as Lady A’s Charles Kelley offers up some of the most comically bad celebrity impressions this side of CollegeHumor. Luke Bryan, Eddie Vedder, Lady Gaga, Michael McDonald — yep, Kelley spoofs ‘em all.