Kacey Musgraves Hosts Christmas Party in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

It was a holly, jolly holiday kick-off on Monday night (11/28) when Kacey Musgraves began her A Very Kacey Christmas Tour at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. The stage was decked with Christmas trees and light up suits aplenty.

“I’m just really excited to be here. This is one of my all-time favorite venues to play,” she said as the show began. “I encourage the hell out of singing along!”

Kacey Musgraves; Photo credit: Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives

Kacey Musgraves; Photo credit: Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives

The Texas native was clearly having a ball onstage and made sure to pack in all of the Christmas classics that appear on her very first holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas, such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas,” “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” “Feliz Navidad,” and “Let It Snow.” Mixed in with the classics were her original Christmas tunes, much like “Christmas Makes Me Cry.”

“I was thinking about how sad the holidays can be sometimes. I don’t know if I’m alone in that, I feel like maybe I’m not, but am I right? The holidays, like Christmas, can be a little heavy sometimes. You’re thinking about maybe family members who used to be there and aren’t there now,” she explained of her inspiration for the track. “The day after Christmas is the worst day on earth. It sucks. Like all the paper is on the ground and you’re like ‘this is the worst. I hate this. I hate it.’ We need like a Christmas after Christmas. So, I ugly cried when I wrote it and I ugly cried when we recorded it. I’m not going to ugly cry tonight. These lashes are glued on there, but I don’t want to mess them up. This is called ‘Christmas Makes Me Cry,” she concluded as she began the ballad.

Kacey Musgraves; Photo credit: Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives

Kacey Musgraves; Photo credit: Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives

Other highlights from her holiday show included her cover of “Spoonful of Sugar” from Mary Poppins, of which she recently recorded for a Disney compilation album, a dance party to “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” and a solo moment for her to sing her debut hit, “Merry Go Round.”

Musgraves closed her show with “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” a song originally written by composer Frank Loesser in 1947. Joined by her band, the singer toasted the audience with champagne as Auld Lang Syne played and prepared fans for the end of another great year.