Country star Kacey Musgraves and her husband, singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly, might be Nashville newlyweds. But their amazing romance sounds like a love story from Hollywood.
The couple first met in March 2016. Kacey went the Bluebird Café in Nashville to listen to the evening's "round," in which three or four singer-songwriters sit in the middle of the room and take turns playing their songs.
Ruston was in the round, sitting with his back to Kacey. When he started to play, Kacey thought his music was similar to her favorite artist, John Prine.
"Ruston played his first song, and I was just stunned by everything in it—the words, the melody, what he was saying. I was just sitting at this table, crying," Kacey told People.
Kacey approached Ruston after the performance and introduced herself. Ruston told Texas Monthly magazine how he was in awe of the black-haired woman in a black dress. "I thought, 'this is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen,'" he said.
The two arranged to meet up for a songwriting session. At the time, Ruston had a publishing deal with BMG Nashville and stars like Tim McGraw had recorded his songs, including "Nashville Without You."
But instead of songwriting, Kacey and Ruston talked past 3 a.m. They've been a couple ever since, and Ruston proposed to Kacey on Christmas Eve 2016.
After accepting Ruston's marriage proposal, Kacey showed off her ring the next day on Instagram: "Didn't say yes...I said HELL YESSSS!! Last night, the best man I've ever met got down on one knee in my little pink childhood home...in the same room I played with my ponies and barbies and asked me the easiest question I've ever been asked. ❤ I finally know what everyone means when they say 'you just know,'" she captioned.
The couple married in October 2017, and their Tennessee wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. Kacey has said how Ruston has changed her perspective on life. Before Ruston, she admitted she never wrote love songs. After, they seemed to flow from her.
"It was just like when Dorothy opens a door in the Wizard of Oz, and the world turns into color from black and white," Kacey said in the Texas Monthly interview. What followed were the sweet songs "Golden Hour," "Oh What a World," and "Butterflies," in which she describes how his love lifts her up.
Ruston's music has also described how he is inspired by Kacey. His recent album, Dying Star, includes songs about his past struggles. He told Rolling Stone how Kacey's love gave him strength.
"She was such a strong redemptive force in my life. I didn't think I was worthy of anything. She reminded me that it doesn't matter, that everyone has a past. Someone has to help pick you up somehow," he said.
The couple has collaborated as well, including on the song "To June This Morning" for the Forever Words album, a compilation of Johnny Cash writings put to music.
Their music has been a hit with their fans. Now Ruston has a packed tour schedule through the new year. Kacey just finished a European tour and is scheduled to appear at the Country Music Awards before touring the U.S. and Canada.
Kacey's most recent record, Golden Hour, is up for Album of the Year. She's also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. She already has three CMA awards, two Grammys and an ACM award.
Once their schedules clear, the couple will most likely be back in their Nashville home, writing and playing music together.