If you’re in the camp of “Taylor Swift ain’t country and she never was,” I adamantly disagree. Not only was she country, she changed the face of country music. Lifted the bar higher and expanded the fan base greatly. Sure, she’s ditched the acoustic guitar and traded it in for a crop-top or 12, but if you think she’ll stop playing these songs during her shows, you probably shouldn’t go to a Taylor concert anytime soon.
Here are 5 of Taylor Swift’s Most Country Performances:
1. In 2008, Taylor Swift took to the Grand Ole Opry stage with big hair, cowboy boots and an acoustic guitar for a very un-pop performance. She’s even backed by a fiddle and a banjo for this version of “Teardrops On My Guitar.”
2. During this performance of “Tim McGraw” at the CMA Music Festival, she said “y’all,” donned cowboys boots and asked people to think of her whenever they think of the legendary Tim McGraw.
3.What’s more country than touring with George Strait? Maybe performing a George Strait song in front of George Strait while wearing cowboy boots. I just wonder if “Run” is really her favorite George song?
4. Growing up a huge Brooks and Dunn fan, it’s hard to hear others cover their classics with an open-mind. That’s what happens when you’re attached to an artist and/or song. Well, Taylor nailed this version of “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You.” So much so that Kix was singing right along with her. We even got a glimpse of her terrible dancing that we now know is actually that terrible.
5. Looking back, it seems like this was likely Taylor’s farewell to the country stage. To seal the deal, she enlisted two of the greatest country music singers (and musicians) of all-time, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, to help. In what is, lyrically, one of her best songs, this version of “Red” is down right phenomenal. This 4-minute span will likely go down in history as one of the greatest collaborations ever.
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