The Sparkly Dressed joins Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night!

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)
(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Hello and it’s 13 days until the RED Tour, Taylor Nation!

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and the Forever and Always Fearless One herself, Taylor Swift, have been added to the lineup of ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night event. The all-star concert special will take place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, April 8. Tickets are available for sale now at Ticketmaster. The special will air on CBS at a later date, to be announced.. later.

You can read more about it at ACMCountry.com and CBS.

I can’t really make this date but I’m happy whenever I hear she joins other country stars. And I say I totally call it because if you see the clip below, her name is on that paper.

Watch on YouTube

Found it? Just freeze the video at the 1st second and look up the name right next to the 7th spot. It says “Taylor + KU” meaning Taylor and Keith Urban. No word on Keith yet, we know he’s got American Idol duties, so we’ll see if it happens. I wonder what song they could sing. It’s not like they have a collaboration or anything. Note: It’s. A. Joke.

(Source: Big Machine via iTunes)
(Source: Big Machine via iTunes)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 9: Taylor Swift’s recorded performance for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief airs on the BBC One.
  • March 13: The RED Tour
  • March 13 and 14: The Red Tour starts at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • March 18: Amos Heller‘s Birthday.
  • March 18 and 19: The Red Tour at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.

(Sources: ACMCountry.comCBS)

Showcase: The Civil Wars Unplugged & A Place At The Table with T Bone Burnett

Hello Civil Warriors,

(Source: VH1 via iTunes)
(Source: VH1 via iTunes)

The Civil Wars released Unplugged on VH1 back on January 15, 2013. I didn’t had the chance to hear it because it was not immediately available on Canada. Now it is, same as the US,  exclusively available on iTunes. It was recorded on the spring of 2012 during a VH1 Unplugged set, with John Paul White and the very pregnant Joy Williams. The album contains 7 song tracks and the 7 video performances. You also get the popular covers of Portishead’s Sour Times and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean in the Civil Wars’ signature style. You can read the original story on VH1. The album is available on iTunes.

(Source: Sensibility music LLC via iTunes)
(Source: Sensibility music LLC via iTunes)

On a different note, JP and Joy have once again joined T Bone Burnett to create the album A Place At The Table (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) for the movie of the same name. Upfront, I must let you know that the album is mostly instrumental. There are only two songs where you get to hear the Wars, Long Time Coming and Finding North. The rest of the album is exactly what you’d expect from a soundtrack, great but mellow musical arrangements for the background for a film. There’s a review at American Songwriters. You can find the album on iTunes.

For a sample, here’s Long Time Coming on YouTube:

Watch on YouTube

Both are a must for any fans of JP and Joy of course. Hopefully this means there’s still hope for a reunification and a new tour. As one of the lucky ones that managed to catch them live, with the honor of them performing in my own city, I’m hoping and waiting for the day I can catch them on stage again.

 

(Photo: Taylor Swift)
(Photo: Taylor Swift)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 9: Taylor Swift’s recorded performance for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief airs on the BBC One.
  • March 13: The RED Tour
  • March 13 and 14: The Red Tour starts at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • March 18: Amos Heller‘s Birthday.
  • March 18 and 19: The Red Tour at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.

(Sources: VH1iTunes (1)iTunes (2)American Songwriters)

New RED Tour opening acts: Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James

(Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA)
(Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA)

Hello Taylor Nation!

Here at the Swift Agency, still a guy hoping for some sunshine today when nothing but snow is expected, we’re not above correcting our mistakes. I rely on other sources to do what I do, so I try to pick reliable ones. Despite our best efforts, information such as upcoming scheduled performances can change.

According to Country Air Check‘s latest newsletter, the Princess in Red will have Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James as opening acts on the RED Tour.

(Photo: Frank Micelotta for VH1 Storytellers)
(Photo: Frank Micelotta for VH1 Storytellers)
  • Joel Crouse will be opening for 11 shows. You can find out his tour schedule here. It does include dates for the RED Tour.
  • Brett Eldredge will be opening for 14 shows. You can find out his tour schedule here. No RED Tour dates added yet.
  • Florida Georgia Line will be opening for 7 shows. You can find out their tour schedule here. No RED Tour dates added yet.
  • Casey James will be opening for 14 shows. You can find out his tour schedule here. No RED Tour dates added yet.

Update: ABC News Radio has the specifics about which opener will be appearing on which concert date. Read here.

Ed Sheeran has already been announced as the main opener for all tour stops. For RED’s nine stadium dates, Austin Mahone will be added to the lineup. The RED tour includes so far 66 shows in 47 cities, with 9 of them being stadium concerts.

The nine stadiums are Detroit’s Ford Field (May 4), Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium (May 25), Toronto’s Rogers Centre (June 14 & 15), Winnipeg’s Investors’ Group Field (June 22), Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium (June 29), Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field (July 6 & 7), Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Foxborough (July 19 & 20), Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium (July 26 & 27) and Chicago’s Soldier Field (August 10).

TellyMix reports Taylor Swift will perform on Let’s Dance 2013 for Comedy Relief on March 9 instead of March 2 as LostInTV.com previously reported. This is supposedly her recorded performance from February 22. She’s not participating in the dancing contest (nobody wants to be more wrong about this than me). This is just a performance.

The Enchantress spoke to UK radio station Capital FM‘s Max in a recent interview. They discussed her BRITs performance and her recent singles WANEGBT and IKYWT. You can listen in to her interview here. Thanks to Thomas for the heads up.

(Source: Capital FM)
(Source: Capital FM)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 9: Taylor Swift’s recorded performance for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief airs on the BBC One.
  • March 13: The RED Tour
  • March 13 and 14: The Red Tour starts at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • March 18: Amos Heller‘s Birthday.
  • March 18 and 19: The Red Tour at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.

(Sources: TellyMixCountry Air CheckCapital FMABC News Radio)

Happy Birthday, Caitlin Evanson! And many mooore :)

(Source: Caitlin Evanson)
(Source: Caitlin Evanson)

Hello Taylor Nation!

It’s that time of the year again, and we’re thrilled that the redhead fiddle player named Caitlin Evanson is still alongside the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. Happy Birthday, Cait!

Caitlin was born on February 26 in Seattle, Washington.  She inherited her natural musical interest from her father who was a music professor. At age four she got a violin and she began to be classically trained eventually leading to studies under renown teachers such as Ivan Galamian (a colleague of Itzhak Perlman) and an assistant concert master position with the local youth symphony. But after listening to Pearl Jam, her musical inclinations changed completely.

After attending punk concerts by bands such as Bad Religion, Seven Year Bitch, and L7 and being bruised by the mosh pits of Seattle’s thriving grunge scene, Evanson’s artistic direction was never the same.

Cait is the fiddle player for The Agency and backup singer for the Sparkly Dressed. You can learn more about her on her own Agency Profile: Caitlin Evanson.

(Source: Caitlin Evanson)
(Source: Caitlin Evanson)

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources:  CaitilinEvanson.comMy Space)

The Sparkly Dressed will appear on InStyle UK. RED nominated for a Juno Award!

(Source: InStyle UK)
(Source: InStyle UK)

What’s new Taylor Nation?

Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who’s been exploring around other blog platforms, we’ve decided to stick with WordPress but thought the site could use some renovation. There’s a couple of kinks to work out.

The Princess in Red’s latest album, RED, has been nominated for Canada’s 2013 JUNO Awards for International Album of the Year. The show airs live on April 21st on CTV from Brandt Center in Regina, SK and will be hosted by Michael Bublé.

The Enchantress will be appearing in the pages of the next issue of InStyle UK, scheduled to hit the stands in March 6. You can read more about her interview on Hollywood Life. Here’s a teaser preview of her photoshoot:

Watch on YouTube

Thank you to BeautifulBallad3 for posting!

Also surfacing on the internet, are pictures of a photoshoot that the Queen of Sparks did for the New York Times last year but that as far as I know remains unpublished.

(Source; NY Times)
(Source; NY Times)

Here’s a sample. You can see more pictures at taylorpictures.net. No HD though. Sorry.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: 2013 JUNO AwardsInStyle UKHollywood Life)