The Fader Fort (presented by Converse) now in its 15th year in Austin, is known for eclectic programming choices, but the decision to slot country sweetheart Kacey Musgraves right after rap music turn up masters Rae Stemmurd is the weirdest mash up since Usher hit the stage with the Afghan Whigs several years back.
The Mississippi brothers got a packed crowd crazy hype. They mixed YouTube-to-booty club mega hits like “No Flex Zone” and “No Type” with newer material. “Come Get Her,” a drunk night gone wrong anthem with the excellent lyric “Somebody come get her, she’s dancing like a stripper” was a big hit. The whole crowd and the Sremmlife crew sang the hook in unison.
Refusing to shirk their civic duty, The Sremmurd brothers did their part to remind the Fader Fort to turn up the vote.
“(Expletive) Donald Trump! We’re voting for Bernie Sanders because we want to smoke weed!” they yelled from the stage.
The crowd, who, like the brothers, possibly missed the latest primary results, went mad.
While the packed house exploded into a near mosh pit situation, Musgraves’ band, clad in dark suits, bolo ties and cowboy hats hung in the wings looking a bit out of place.
At least 50 percent of the crowd cleared out skipping the turn up to hoedown situation, but those who remained pressed to the front.
Reading the room correctly, Musgraves opened with “High Time,” a lilting reminder to “slow your roll, and let the grass grow.” Then she sheepishly confessed, “I’m kinda drunk.” The crowd cheered enthusiastically.
Ten minutes or so later after shunning country music’s “Good Ol’ Boys Club” and covering Bob Marley and Gnarls Barkley, she beamed at the audience. “I think it’s pretty bad ass that Fader allowed me to be the only country artist ever on their cover,” she said.
Then she played “Follow Your Arrow,” the greatest gay rights anthem in the history of country music.
When she pulled on her walking boots to close out her set with a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s classic, the small but mighty crowd sang loud and proud on the chorus.
Musgraves might not have caused a mob scene like some Fort headliners, but her clear and lovely country was a mighty fine way to close out the night.