The latest cover of BillboardBillboard features the often outspoken and totally out there MIley Cyrus. But, the inside story actually features an evolved, seemingly self-aware Cyrus that wants to connect with more people– even Donald Trump supporters. But, mostly country music fans.
Cyrus is preparing to release a brand new single about her fiance Liam Hemsworth, “Malibu,” that is a deep dive into her relationship and her roots in country music.
Her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, shared, “This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard. For her, this is honest.” He also noted that Waylon Jennings taught Miley to play guitar at their kitchen table in Tennessee long ago.
The unreleased tune apparently features Cyrus’ twang and acoustics, which she says is singer-songwriter-ish, but not “granola.”
Billboard, nor Cyrus, call the track country, but she’s not shying away from reaching out to the country music fan base.
When asked about her time on “The Voice” and the new fans she was introduced to, she shared, “I’m down for hanging with Blake [Shelton]. I actually want to take advantage of the fact that he’s there, [because] his fans don’t really take me seriously as a country artist. One, I haven’t given them that music. But I’ve got a tattoo of Johnny Cash’s autograph that he gave me when I was a little girl that says, “I’m in your corner.” Dolly Parton is my fucking godmother. The fact that country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me. All the nipple pastie shit, that’s what I did because I felt it was part of my political movement, and that got me to where I am now. I’m evolving, and I surround myself with smart people that are evolved.”
And there you have it. The evolved Cyrus is leaning into her roots and maybe even coming to a country music station near you.