Kacey Musgraves fulfills 'lifelong dream' of working at a snow cone stand

Madalyn Hoerr
Nashville Tennessean

What happens when you mix Instagram Story selfies, DMs and shaved ice? The fulfillment of a "lifelong dream" for Grammy-winning artist Kacey Musgraves.

Less than a week after posting a selfie on her Instagram story sporting a bucket hat, blingy sunglasses and an air-brushed T-shirt with the caption, "Any snowcone stands hiring (right now)?," Musgraves put in a Friday afternoon shift with Nashville food truck Blue Monkey Shaved Ice.

A line snaked along the sidewalk and down the street while Musgraves greeted customers, took and prepared orders (which were free) and snapped photos with fans.

Country music artist Kacey Musgraves serves shaved ice to a fan from a Blue Monkey Shaved Ice food truck along 12th Ave. South Friday, April 30, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

Within the day she posted the photo, Blue Monkey "slid in the DMs and we went from there," Musgraves said. 

Musgraves has six Grammys and seven CMA Awards wins under her belt, which would be a dream for most, but Musgraves said her working at a shaved ice stand "is a lifelong dream, just 'cause it's so fun and it makes people happy."

She also said it was "hands down" the most exciting thing she's done during the pandemic.

The "toughest question of all"? Picking her favorite flavor, which is between tigers blood and dreamsicle.

Musgraves has been exploring different career paths lately. In February, she began making U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz inspired T-shirts and selling them to benefit Texans after a snow storm left many without power and water.

"*makes “CRUZIN FOR A BRUZIN” tees * donates profits to Texans in need," Musgraves tweeted and joked that the "Link (is) coming soon. Don’t RUN OFF anywhere..."

The shirts allude to Cruz, who boarded a plane to Cancún, Mexico amid the ongoing power and water crisis in his state.

Cruz' trip drew immediate and strong backlash from residents, many of whom have faced uncharacteristically severe winter weather the past week while struggling to secure access to basic necessities like heat and water.  

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Contributing: Amanda O'Donnell