Lyrics and Kacey Musgraves’s ‘Pageant Material’


On Episode 14 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Annie Galvin, a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Virginia and Alice Bolin, a poet and essayist to talk about different aspects of pop lyrics. The panel then discusses the latest album from country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material.

For more reading:
Lori Burns, “Vocal Authority and Listener Engagement: Musical and Narrative Expressive Strategies in the Songs of Female Pop-Rock Artists, 1993-95,” in Sounding Out Pop: Analytical Essays in Popular Music, ed. Mark Spicer and John Covach.

People in this episode:

Alice Bolin

Alice Bolin is a poet and essayist, the editor of Okey-Panky, and a creative writing teacher.

Annie Galvin

Annie Galvin is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and a writer for Slant, PopMatters, and the LA Review of Books.

Scott Interrante

Scott Interrante holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from CUNY Hunter College focusing on contemporary pop music and masculinity. He hosts Pop Unmuted and K-Pop Unmuted

Kurt Trowbridge

Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to Billboard.com. He is the founder of Crownnote.com and the host of the Crowncast.

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