McAnally said the three spent a week on Don and Sandra Crawford’s ranch, where Musgraves said the group “tapped into something special.” They knew they needed a debut single to kick-start Musgraves’ career, and that is exactly what they got.
“The fact that song was written there and just about life as we knew it in small towns and just to share that magical experience... that song was pivotal,” McAnally said. “We wouldn’t have any of this without that song. We are completely grateful for that song, that experience and that time in Strawn.
“The reason we wrote ‘Merry Go Round’ ultimately was that ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ was a song that Kacey had recorded for her album and then Miranda (Lambert) recorded it, with Kacey’s blessing. But that left a void for our first single. So, we wrote ‘Merry Go Round’ out of necessity, but it ended up being a great twist of fate. It was the right song for her and the statement she wanted to make.”
Now that he has two Grammys in hand, one of McAnally’s biggest problems is deciding where to put them. He said he jokingly cleared a space on a front table at his Music Row office in Nashville just big enough for two Grammys saying, “We’re just going to leave this open right here and assume this is where the Grammys are going to go.”
Little did he know, he would deliver on his promise and now has second thoughts about just where the two trophies should be displayed.
“I don’t know, it’s so weird,” he said with a laugh. “You want them to go everywhere. I think they’ll probably go home with me, but I don’t know for sure. I might have to just sleep with them under my pillow.”