LOS ANGELES - For the 50th episode of its gender action program exchange, “Crossroads”, CMT turned to two female artists at the top of their game: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves.
(SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you do not know the songs performed)
The recording, which took place on Friday night (18) at Sony Studios , served as a precursor of what to expect when the two acts toured together this summer , and showed that the bridge between melodies County Musgraves traditional ‘ power pop and Perry isn ‘ t always one as it might seem .
That’s partly because Perry came prepared to cross the divide in the country and seemed eager to show his side singer / songwriter. Of course, she has done that before in his ballads like “Not Like The Movies” or ” unconditionally” , but is best known for his uptempo , fun clothing .
Also notable about this iteration “Crossroads” is that it is one of the few in the more than four dozen recordings that features two solo females face , following Dolly Parton and Melissa Etheridge, Martina McBride and Pat Benatar, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, and LeAnn Rimes and Joss Stone .
On a stage decorated with neon cactus (one reason Musgraves often used) and palm trees, the two singers took the stage with equally bright costumes: Musgraves set of trousers with fringe and rhinestones hi – watt and Perry in a shiny leotard and see – through the skirt purple.
First a series of Musgraves ‘ songs from their excellent debut album,
“Same Trailer , Park Different ,” including ” Step Off ” and his breakthrough hit ” Merry Go’ Round” were addressed. “A couple of years, found this song Katy tweeted about it,” recalled Musgraves. “I was in Dublin and from my Twitter explode.” Perry has been a champion Musgraves since. As sold outside verses on “Merry Go ‘Round” Perry sang in a deeper, huskier than it normally employs registry.
Following Musgraves ” bittersweet “Keep It To Yourself, ” the two were in an even more heartbreaking tone : a version of ” Cannot Make You Love Me ” , written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin , and popularized by Bonnie Raitt in 1991. Their voices wrapped around each other in the sad melody.
Things brightened with statement Musgraves ‘ alive “Follow Your Arrow “, a song Perry revealed Musgraves played with her in the studio and even suggested Perry cut. Perry, who had kissed a girl, suggests Musgraves years
before the action of “Arrow” he said, “I was like, ‘ you need to keep it for yourself!’ “Commercial versions shared sweet harmonies in the verses before Perry Musgraves leaned over and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek,
the camaraderie between the two was evident with Musgraves play quieter, shyer sister bolder, brassier Perry, Big Brother experience but Musgraves shrinks in anyone’s shadow.
After the couple had to re-record crackle Perry “Firework” (recast as an acoustic piano, more elegant version, with pedal steel) , Musgraves ‘ joked “It was perfect , that’s all I can say . ” By Meanwhile, Perry said, “If I sing this song again, I’m going to turn into a firework.”
For your second deck, chose the 70 hit Dolly Parton. “Here you come again” ” Once, Katy told me I’m like Dolly Parton without tits “Musgrave said, quickly adds the busy Perry “I ‘ m like Dolly Parton with tits. “
While the numbers of works, the couple really boomed in Perry “Teenage Dream” , the song about taking young carnal love to a new place and effervescent . Was the clear highlight of the night? They finished the night with mega success of Perry, ” roar ” with range Musgraves ‘ Perry and the power of providing perfect the perfect complement to the other.
Perry and Musgraves episode “of ” Crossroads “premieres on CMT on June 13. Their tour together starting June 22.