Kacey Musgraves has every reason to sound upbeat. In the span of a year, she's sung at the Country Music Awards with Loretta Lynn, recorded with Beach Boy Brian Wilson and been a contender for a new artist Grammy.
But the 26-year-old isn't looking back. She's instead talking about what comes next.
"Oh, man," she said backstage after a show on the main stage of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in April. "There are a lot of things to look forward to: new music, new creative ideas."
The Texas native is at the forefront of a cresting wave of fresh talent — along with Sturgill Simpson, Brandy Clark and Ashley Monroe — that's injecting...