"Merry Go 'Round" (3:27)
Producers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Writers: K. Musgraves, Ã¢ÂÂ¨J. Osborne, S. McAnally
Mercury Records picked itself a winner with Texas native Kacey Musgraves, who knocks it out of the ballpark with her debut single that she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The lyrics-which concern not living up to other people's perceptions of success-are hard-hitting, and the chorus is especially inventive. "Mary Mary, quite contrary/We get bored so we get married/And just like dust we settle in this town," she concludes. The instrumentation is very much on the traditional side-had Loretta Lynn or Dolly Parton arrived on the scene in 2012 instead of the 1960s, some of their compositions could very well have ended up sounding like this. Musgraves recently spent time supporting Lady Antebellum on the road, and with songs like "Merry Go 'Round" in her pocket, it's a safe bet that the newcomer will wind up on many "Artists to Watch" lists for 2013.