'Golden' Kasey Musgraves to perform at Toyota Bass Classic

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 4, 2008 - Wood County native Kasey Musgraves is looking forward to her appearance at the Toyota Bass Classic on Lake Fork April 18-20. This is Musgraves' second straight appearance at the annual fishing tournament.

"Last year, I was on the roster with Tracy Lawrence, and it was a pretty good crowd," Musgraves said in a recent telephone interview. "I'm super excited about this year."

"500 Miles to Memphis," a band from Cincinnati, Ohio, will be backing Musgraves.

"They are really good musicians," Musgraves explained. "They have a great sound."

Although she had played gigs in East Texas since she was a youngster, Musgraves gained national exposure after being a finalist on season five of USA Network's reality series Nashville Star, the country music version of American Idol.

"I really enjoyed being on Nashville Star. You can't buy publicity like that," the 2006 high school graduate said. "It was stressful at times, but overall it was really good for me. I grew a lot."

Musgraves recently moved from her parents' home in the Wood County community of Golden to Austin, where she continues to perform and work on her craft.

"I'm just writing songs and living here in Austin," Musgraves said. "Last week, I went to South by Southwest (the annual music festival in Austin). I played at Threadgill's the week before that. It was awesome."

She's also learning the ropes about the music business.

"I'm working part-time at a booking agency," she said. "We work with Western Swing artist Doug Moreland and country rocker Brandon Rhyder."

Her self-titled CD has been out for about a year and "is doing really well," according to Musgraves.

"One of the songs from the CD, 'Back Home,' is #7 on the bluegrass charts," Musgraves said. "I just noticed it on the chart one day. It was a nice little surprise because I wrote it with my mom."

On Friday night, April 18, Musgraves will be at Crossroads in Winnsboro opening for bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, who sang on the "O, Brother, Where Are Thou" soundtrack and has won three Grammy awards.

Musgraves leads off an all-star lineup of country artists at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Sabine Valley River Authority on Lake Fork, followed by country superstar and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up Trace Adkins who takes the stage at 5:30.

On Sunday, Roger Creager is set to perform at 1:30 p.m., with Texas legend Robert Earl Keen closing the show at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the tournament and concerts are $20 for a 3-day pass and $10 for a 1-day pass. They can be purchased at Brookshire's or at the tournament's website,

www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com

Musgraves' CD can be purchased through her website, www.kaseymusgraves.com or at iTunes.

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