Shamir's Cover of Kacey Musgraves' 'Merry Go Round' Is An Unexpected Delight

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Shamir performs onstage during the NPR showcase at Stubbs on March 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas. 

Shamir Bailey, one of the music scene's hottest up-and-coming acts, is perhaps best known for his uniquely flexible voice (he sings in an androgynous countertenor). On Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show yesterday, he applied it to an unexpected cover: Kacey Musgraves' hit country single "Merry Go Round." "It's just a song I sing to myself all the time, when I have the guitar in my hands," he tells Mac.

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Listen to the acoustic cover below (it starts at about 8:40), as well as a performance of "On The Regular," one of the songs off his just-dropped debut album Ratchet.