Musgraves recently told Rolling Stone that she gravitated toward Parton while growing up in Texas. Parton drew her in with her music and style and showed Musgraves that she could retain her identity as an entertainer.
“First and foremost, she’s a songwriter,” Musgraves said of Parton. “But she wasn’t afraid to be a beautiful, sexy woman. … It just seems like she didn’t ever feel like she had to shrink her flamboyant nature to fit amongst the men that she worked with.”
Musgraves said she grew up singing Parton songs such as “Applejack” and “Love is Like a Butterfly” at churches and festivals across the Lone Star State. It was a big hit with the older crowd, she joked.
But even as a kid Musgraves knew there was something special about Parton. She loved her style and stubborn pride that led her to do so many firsts in country music.
“Dolly has pretty much always been like “Oh you don’t want to do this, well f**k you, watch this. I’m going to do this and I’m going to do it fabulously,” Musgraves said. “… There will never be another Dolly.”
Musgraves rounded out the discussion talking about some of her other influences like Sade and Selina.
Kacey Musgraves Talks About ‘Making it’ in Country Music
Kacey Musgraves also talked with Rolling Stone about what it’s like to ‘make it’ in country music. The 32-year-old discussed hearing herself on the radio for the first time and discussed some of the sacrifices it took to get there.
“The first time I heard myself on the radio, I was driving in my little Honda Element, and I was with my sister. She was in the passenger seat. She actually captured the moment, but I just bawled my eyes out. It was “Merry-Go-Round”. That was a completely foreign thing to me.”
While this may have been the first song most country music fans heard from her, she wasn’t an overnight success. There were years of hard work that people didn’t see. But she says the sacrifices were worth it.
“I don’t think people realize how much work it takes for you to hear your song on the radio. I mean, it takes years of work and grinding your bones and traveling and missing your family and missing, you know, your grandma’s birthday party. You have to sacrifice a lot, but in that moment, when you hear your song for the first time, it’s unbelievable. It’s so emotional. It was very special.”