Kacey Musgraves Was Told She’d “Go Down In Flames” If She Released “Follow Your Arrow”

“Just follow your arrow, wherever it points…”

Rolling Stone is releasing their third-annual “Women Shaping The Future” issue, and this year, country star Kacey Musgraves appears on the cover.

In the feature, Musgraves talks everything from her massive success with Golden Hour, to her divorce, some magic mushrooms, and of course, her song “Follow Your Arrow.”

In one of the promo videos for the piece, she tells a story from early in her career when she was on the verge of turning in Same Trailer Different Park. Musgraves wanted to include one final song, “Follow Your Arrow,” on the record, but they weren’t having it. She was told she’d “go down in flames” for including that song on her album.

And now, almost 10 years later, it’s still one of the biggest songs of her career.

Musgraves never meant for the song to be a gay anthem, it was just advocating for all different kinds of love according to the artist. And while it didn’t quite have the country radio success she was hoping for, it still peaked at #10 on the US Hot Country Songs chart in early 2014.

Also, Musgraves talks about being starstruck by Willie Nelson (or maybe it was because she was “really high” when she met him), but either way, the story is just too good not to share.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock