Willie Nelson with Kacey Musgraves, “Have a Willie Nice Christmas”

A Very Kacey Christmas mirrors that aesthetic, a mix of chestnuts like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow,” and more culturally diverse fare like “Feliz Navidad” and “Mele Kalikimaka.” A decidedly Latin and Hawaiian sound runs throughout the album. “It’s very me. There are Spanish moments, Hawaiian moments, very Bing Crosby moments,” says Musgraves, “but at the end of the day, you think, ‘That was very her.'”

The highlight of the project, however, is an original song: “A Willie Nice Christmas,” which features Musgraves’ spirit guide Willie Nelson. Written by Musgraves with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the track is an irreverent look at an, ahem, green Christmas, with Nelson on vocals and guitar.  “He’s such a good sport,” she says of working with the country-music icon. “I was driving around one day churning with Christmas ideas, and I thought, ‘Have a Willie nice Christmas’ would be a great song and I bet I could get Willie to play on it.’ It’s got a fun, reggae, country, Hawaiian vibe and it’s perfect because Willie lives in Hawaii.”

As the Red Headed Stranger might say, “Mele Kalikimaka, y’all.”

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