Okey, we know it’s not. Taylor has shown she’s always down for a collab, and this one is with yet another country star: the duo Sugarland comprised of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are dropping their new music video for “Babe”. Jennifer is the wronged wife, Kristian is the nosy neighbor, guest star Brandon Routh is the unfaithful husband and Taylor Swift is the other woman.
Yes, Taylor makes for a very convincing redhead. I know, she played one in “Bad Blood” but that was another era ago. Director Anthony Mandler brings us a tale as old of time but this one is set in the 60’s. It’s worth mentioning that Taylor might be in the temptress role, but as seen in the video, it’s Routh’s Mad Men-like gentleman character who seems to initiate the affair.
The fact that Taylor is also left behind in the floor of her kitchen lends a lot of gravitas to her situation. In the end, the husband leaves his mistress believing he can come back home and finds himself being left outside in the cold.
Today it’s 12 days until the rep Tour, Taylor Nation.
And you know that the Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Mike was going to make something of it, as she has herself stated. You have to look up Taylor Swift’s instagram stories to have a look (that link only works once). In the meantime she’s posting pictures of her rep tour prep each day as well.
I want you to know that if you can’t make it to a tour concert, you are not any less of a fan than anybody else. As much as it’s fun to be there, I know the amount of effort, time and yes, money, that it takes – and I know it’s a lot more if you live far away from where the tour goes. Sometimes life does get in the way, and you just hope there will enough pictures, clips and perhaps one or two articles 😉 that you can read about and follow from a distance. I will do my part to get you those 🙂
The Forever and Always Fearless One might still be kicking it. Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who believe there’s still something left from the old Taylor, we believe T-Swizzle’s country roots might run too deep to just die.
The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone has a song she co-wrote with Pat Monahan from the group Train called “Babe”. Now Sugarland has not only added that song to their upcoming album Bigger but invited the Enchantress to do some vocal work.
The result is some background vocals by the once Princess in Red. Incidentally, the word on the street (ok on social media) is this song was coined back during the Red Era. The song came out at midnight yesterday (April 19, 2018) but yours truly desperate needed sleep (I did wake up at 5am to have a listening session).
The Sparkly Dressed put out two acoustic performances on Spotify. One was her own song “Delicate” and the other was a cover of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September”. By sheer coincidence I’ve been in a little of a disco/funk/classic r&b lately. “September” is at the top of my playlist. I’ll be honest here, I prefer the original version. I still appreciate that Taylor made her own cover of it, and even got some words of appreciation from one of the song’s writers.
“Taylor Swift is the absolute cherry on top of a very soulful and happy sundae,” commented Allee Willis in an interview for Billboard. Willis will be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.
The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone (this nickname gets longer with every era…) has recently being stretching out her songwriting skills. She co-wrote a song with Pat Monahan from the group Train. The song “Babe” was picked up by recently reunited duo Sugarland for their new album Bigger. Taylor’s collaboration is not only as a songwriter. She also performs on the track. “Babe” comes out next week. You can read more about it on Rolling Stone.
There’s always one act that seems to stand out for me personally for a particular reason at LP Field. Often enough, it’s the act that I’ve never seen before. By no means am I implying they were “the best.” They just stood out for me. Consider it my own “breakthrough” award.
On opening night, that was definitely Jason Aldean. Last night, I would’ve said Sugarland. After being introduced by none other than Shania Twain, Jennifer Nettles and Christian Bush just owned the room. They had to redo a song because ABC needed another take. They would’ve been my choice for sure, but… Keith Urban took the stage. I saw him at the Cavendish beach music festival in 2010. The guy has just too much charisma to ignore. I’m going say it was a tie between Sugarland and Keith Urban.
Lady Antebellum played just a few of their songs. Their collection keeps growing. They didn’t forget I Run To You, Need You Know, Just a Kiss and they did play Own The Night which is their upcoming single. I wanted to finally hear Hello World live, but I guess I will have to wait for a full concert.
Reba was the closing act tonight, and time was already extended beyond decent, so I’m guessing that’s why she had to cut her act short. She did play her latest Turn On The Radio and even went with a new single When Love Gets A Hold Of You which she had to play twice to get a better take for the TV special.
Going back to earlier in the day (sorry, I like to talk about the latest first) I do like browsing the Convention Center while the Fan Fair is on to see if I catch a picture of anyone. That’s how I saw, but not meet, Rascal Flatts. It’s also a good place to hang around if you have nothing to do because 1) there’s always something going on and 2) it’s air-conditioned.
Here at the Swift Agency, one guy who is very, very far from being an expert at anything, are far from being an expert at the CMA Fest. I consider myself quite a rookie. Everyone has a different prerogative and I’ve Taylor-ed my experience omitting quite a few things. For instance, I’ve only gone once to the Riverfront Stage, and have not really done the early run for the tickets for the Fan Fair lines at the Convention Center. Don’t assume I really know what I’m doing here. Already I find myself fine-tuning some decisions for the next time.
The Outspoken One is in Detroit, Michigan tonight to play at the Ford Field. Here’s Taylor and Fergie during rehearsals for the Concert 4 NYC which had to be cancelled due to extreme bad weather to everyone’s dismay. The food meant to be sold at the concert was donated directly to the Robin Hood foundation.