Watch Kacey Musgraves pause her ACL set to clip her nails – all in the name of guitar technique

Kacey Musgraves clipping her nails onstage at Austin City Limits Festival
(Image credit: YouTube / Austin City Limits Festival)

Country star Kacey Musgraves paused her set at Austin City Limits festival on Sunday (October 9) in order to clip her fingernails in front of a gigantic crowd – telling them that an ambitious nail job had impeded her guitar playing and she’d had enough.

Musgraves was approximately 50 minutes through her headline set on the Honda stage at the city’s Zilker Park when she paused proceedings.


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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.