Speaking to Elle, Musgraves said that the album sees her tackling her recent divorce from musician Ruston Kelly, and that the record contains 15 of the 40 songs she wrote during the pandemic.
“I feel like I don’t belong to country in any way on one hand, but on the other hand, I’m deeply rooted in that genre. So I’m not owned by it,” Musgraves said, before naming Bill Withers, Daft Punk, Sade, the Eagles, and Weezer as inspirations.
Musgraves had already named Withers, The Eagles and America as influences in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year. In that interview she also cited a Latin influence on one track, and said that the record will have “a little bit of a dance vibe.”
“If you would’ve told me the night of the Grammys, ‘Hey, in two years, you’re going to be divorced and have a whole ‘nother album written,’ I would have been like, ‘Fuck off. No. No way,’” Musgraves said.
Earlier this year, meanwhile, Musgraves sold a new T-shirt design that took a swing at Texas senator Ted Cruz, who fled the state in the middle of a weather-related crisis. Profits from the sales were sent to those affected by the winter storms.