Kacey Musgraves is CMA’s Best New Artist of 2013


Kacey won acclaim for her album Same Trailer Different Park.  It’s an impressive achievement, especially for a newcomer.

ROLLING STONE said Kacey’s award was a “victory for country music” and it sets new marks in progressive values in the genre.

Same Trailer Different Park has been cited as of the Top Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone, Spin and Entertainment Weekly.

But we’ve known about Kacey for a long time.  In 2008, Kacey lived in Austin for awhile, which is where we discovered her.  I immediately knew she had the talent; she was a diamond in the rough.

I remember hearing her voice and being mesmerized.  It was wonderful.  She had great talent but needed better songs to sing, I remember thinking.

I pitched her my idea to record a couple cover songs together to see how we worked together.  If it all worked out, I told her it was my intention to develop and produce her original songs afterwards.  That was my plan, at least.

Recording with new talent is always risky – there are personality and timing issues and it takes money to rent good recording studios.  You never know what’s going to happen.  As a producer, I was Kacey’s first “super fan” willing to invest not knowing where she would end up next.

I pitched her several song ideas.  She chose “See You Again” (Miley Cyrus) and “Apologize” (One Republic).  We recorded on March 27, 2008, at Brain Machine Recording Studios with engineer Randy Avenell.

Kacey Musgraves (Brain Machine Studio, Austin. 2008)During the recording session, Kacey was professional and focused.  She wanted the songs to be ‘just right’ and we spent a full evening working on the recordings.

I remember Kacey instructing the engineer, Randy, exactly how to mix her voice and adjust the levels, with acute precision. Kacey gave both songs an unique personality and she made them her own.

A few days later, she invited me out to see her perform at Momos above Katz’s Deli.  I remember it was just her grandma and me in the audience, she was a great live performer, but nobody knew this girl.  Heck, she had just gotten out of high school a couple years earlier.

Kacey invited me out to lunch a few weeks later – she likes Ethiopan food!  For only being 21, Kacey struck me as being very wise beyond her years.  We talked about recording original songs together in the future.  As I recall, I suggested she move to Nashville and work with other songwriters to develop her craft.

I remember her telling me she was going to hit the road for awhile, play with some different musicians, and take it from there.

We promised to keep in touch.  Kacey was restless.  She wasn’t going to be stopped.  We lost touch over the years.


Kacey ended up in Nashville, wrote some hit songs, got a record deal with a major label and there you have it.

The rest is history – it’s one in a million.

You can download both songs “See You Again” and “Apologize” from Kacey Musgraves on iTunes exclusively from my record label, Triple Pop.

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves top nominees for CMA 2013 Awards

CMA Awards

Along with Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves is the top nominee for the Country Music Association Awards in 2013.

The 25-year-old Texas-born singer-songwriter takes on divisive topics on her critically acclaimed album “Same Trailer Different Park” not often heard on country radio, yet she still managed to generate hits because of her smart songwriting.

Kacey is nominated for six awards including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and as a songwriter on her own hit “Merry Go `Round” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

Kacey will be performing live at the CMA Awards on November 6th.

Austin City Limits also just announced Kacey will be performing a live TV episode taping on November 25th.

Triple Pop’s exclusive two (2) song digital digital EP from Kacey Musgraves is available online at the iTunes Store.

Can TV/Film Music Placement Help Save the Industry?

Music SupervisionWe’ve hearing about it for awhile now:  synch placements are helping revitalize the business by offering massive exposure (and income) to new artists.  TRIPLE POP has had some success in recent years with placements on NBC, MTV, and Fox.  It takes work, competition is difficult.

But when you get lucky, the opportunities are wonderful for new music exposure, opening up many doors for new artists.  Ten years ago, synch placements barely ever got any notice, few cared.

But with the advent of social media and TV/cable expansion of new shows, the synch industry has exploded in recent years, some musicians are making considerable income solely from this niche.

You can read the article here in ROLLING STONE featuring music supervisor, Chris Mollere.

Kris Farrow in Zane Williams’ Music Video “Overnight Success”

Triple Pop’s legendary AGK guitar player, Kris Farrow, is featured in the brand new Zane Williams’ music video “Overnight Success” on CMT.  You can watch it below.  It’s currently ranked #2 on the CMT Pure rankings right behind Carrie Underwood’s new single.

Kris is on tour as the guitarist with the Zane Williams Band for the rest of 2013.

Check out their tour schedule here.

Kacey Musgraves sings for Oreos and Jay Leno

Kacey Musgraves recently recorded a sweet ditty of song for an Oreo commercial, performed her new song “Blowing Smoke” live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she’s going on tour in the UK and Ireland and with Lady Antebellum this fall (after she wraps up her tour with Kenny Chesney).

Oh, to be young again … so much energy.

Kacey Leno

Kacey’s debut major label album, Same Trailer Different Park, continues to get rave reviews nationwide.  Rolling Stone noted her first single “Merry Go ‘Round” as one of their “50 Best Songs of 2012” while NPR named her as their “Best New Artist of 2012.”

Her EP (from Triple Pop) features her acoustic versions of the songs “Apologize” (OneRepublic) and “See You Again.”

We just found this YouTube video clip of Kacey performing “Apologize” live in 1998:

Dee Dee Ramone: Live with The Ramones on YouTube & Sid Vicious Painting

While recently updating the Triple Pop website and artist pages, we came across a 1977 live concert of the The Ramones, when they were at the height of their punk rock power. Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee are amazing, it’s electric, man.

See it here on YouTube or watch below.

Sid Vicious painting

Dee Dee Ramone was also a prolific painter, often collaborating with artist Paul Kostabi.

Here is a never before seen image of Dee Dee’s only painting of Sid Vicious, the bass player for The Sex Pistols.  This painting has only been seen by a handful of people since Dee Dee painted it for me back in 2000, so consider yourself lucky.

Dee Dee sure had some great stories about Mr. Vicious, whose life story was dramatized by Alex Cox in the feature film, Sid and Nancy (1986). For some reason, in the mid-eighties, the exploits of The Sex Pistols, along with Sid Vicious, were popular stories among the punk rock kids.

So when I got to work with Dee Dee, I asked him about meeting Sid and Nancy one night at dinner.  Dee Dee, who was also a nice guy, sat down and custom painted this work for me the next morning.

Dee Dee’s last album of recordings, “Greatest and Latest” (2000), originally produced for the Conspiracy Music label, has since became part of Triple Pop.

Kacey Musgraves burning up the Google News

Kacey is burning up the Google news feed in 2013 …

Her major label debut record album, Same Trailer Different Park, continues to stay in the Billboard 100 and earn rave reviews.  She’s been touring with Kenny Chesney and making major television appearances (Billboard Live, CMT Awards, David Letterman).  She’s performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival alongside other acts such as Paul McCartney, The National, Tom Petty and David Byrne.  It’s hard to keep up with this lady, so perhaps we should go back into the past and hear more music from Kacey?!

Triple Pop SinglesWhich is what you’ll find on Triple Pop’s exclusive Digital EP from Kacey available on the iTunes Store (also Google Play, Amazon MP3).

You can listen for free to the full stream of  one song from the EP — link here to listen to “Apologize” on Soundcloud.

Recorded in 2008, the two song EP features Ms. Musgraves performing acoustic cover versions of the songs “See You Again” and One Republic’s “Apologize.”

“I remember going to see Kacey perform live at Momos here in Austin. It was just me and her mom in the audience and Kacey up on stage with her acoustic guitar. She’s a born performer and it was exciting to see  her perform live before anyone else knew her name.” says Triple Pop producer, Monte Robison.

Apple’s iTunes accounts for whopping 75% of global digital music market … stunning

iTunes GraphAccording to Apple Insider, Apple’s iTunes store accounts for 75% of the global digital music market.  The number is big, very big.

According to the report, the average iTunes user spends about $12 per year on music and with 575 million active users, Apple’s annual revenue hits $6.9 billion.

That suggests Apple’s $6.9 billion account for about 75 percent of the $9.3 billion global digital music market. The remaining slice of the pie is divvied up to streaming music services like Pandora and retailers like Amazon – not much else to go around, thus everyone’s focus is on iTunes.

This is another reason why we here at Triple Pop are not too excited about radio streaming and subscription based music distribution services for the industry – so little revenue for the industry.  Less revenue = less money for musicians.  Period.