Taylor Swift has been exciting crowds on the North American leg of her worldwide Speak Now tour with all sorts of surprises--covers of songs by hometown musical heroes, and appearances from some of her well-known buddies (Justin Bieber in Los Angeles, anyone?).
And, well, wow. Let's say, she sure did bring the country. Leave it to Swift to do it up right.
Her first night, September 16, Swift brought out the newly (well, not so newly anymore) solo Ronnie Dunn, and joined him in singing his ballad "Bleed Red"--resulting in a rather unexpected and lovely pairing of two very different but very seasoned professionals.
For her second night in Nashville, Swift teased on Twitter, "Wonder if we'll have guest performers tomorrow night?" Well, hmmm. I wonder...
Swift didn't keep everyone wondering too long, and she didn't disappoint--to say the least. Her announcements were kept short and basic, but the guests she announced definitely were not garden variety.
"Everybody loves this guy. Every single person I know loves...Kenny Chesney!" It certainly seems to be true, based on the resultant roar from the crowd.
If Chesney weren't enough in and of himself, Swift had another heeee-uuuge country star to offer. "Ladies and gentlemen, Tim McGraw is here tonight," she announced simply.
Swift also did bring a non-country star on stage her first night in Nashville--Hayley Williams from rock band Paramore. However, Williams happens to be a local (she's from Franklin, Tennessee).
All I can say is, nicely done, Taylor. Nashville is a tough crowd to impress--but you hit it out of the park this weekend.
Swift's next date is September 20 in Bossier City, Louisiana. You can keep up with the rest of her tour schedule here.
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