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Kacey Musgraves Breaks Down the Origins of ‘Cup of Tea’

From its stunningly simplistic songwriting to its added string section

Earlier this week, Kacey Musgraves served up Pageant Material, her stellar sophomore album that features the self-assured anthem “Cup of Tea.” In an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse at that song’s creation, the 26-year-old walks SPIN through what was different about working on her new project, which included the addition of a full string section. Watch as Musgraves explains how she incorporated ten symphony players — cellos, violins, and violas included — into “Cup of Tea,” which she describes as a “little tiny music box of a song.”