Swift Joined Craig Wiseman On The Bluebird Stage To Sing & Drink Fireball Whisky
On Saturday night, while many Taylor Swift songs were likely being sang by bachelorette parties down on Broadway, Taylor Swift herself showed up at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Swift wasn’t on the bill for the event that night, but she joined the night’s lead performer on stage and sang a couple of her own hits as well as a hit song that she wrote for another country act.
And because “the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now,” Swift took a few shots of Fireball Whiskey with the night’s headliner.
Who Is Craig Wiseman?
Saturday evening’s late show at the Bluebird Cafe was billed as An Evening With Craig Wiseman. Fewer than 80 seats were available to be reserved in advance and cost $20 at the door with an additional $10 per person food and drink minimum. A few seats for each show at the Bluebird are not available to reserve in advance, but are available on a first come, first served basis on the night of.
Despite Taylor Swift not being on the bill, the show easily sold out between the reputations of Wiseman and the Bluebird Cafe itself.
Craig Wiseman is one of the most decorated songwriters in Nashville. Back in 2014 he was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as the most-performed country songwriter of the century. He’s penned more than 300 songs that have been recorded by country musicians, including more than 100 that have been released by singles and at least 26 that have ascended all the way to #1 on the country music charts. He’s also the founder and owner of Big Loud Shirt Publishing.
Wiseman is behind some of the biggest songs in country music history like Tim McGrawa’s “Live Like You Were Dying”, Kenny Chesney’s “She’s Got It All”, Brooks & Dunn’s “Believe” and Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here”.
During Swift’s time on-stage with Wiseman she revealed that he had a chance to be a co-writer on one of her hits, “Love Story” but he didn’t think her ideas would work.
While it seemed the joke was on Swift, she repaid the veteran songwriter — reminding him that he passed up the opportunity to co-write one of her biggest hits. She was 17 years old when she and Wiseman had their first co-writing session, and Swift wanted to make sure she was prepared. She brought him a couple of verses and a chorus of a song she’d been working on and a few backup ideas. She played him the song, and Wiseman said he didn’t get it. They wrote a different song, but Swift went home and finished writing her original idea.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea,” Swift told the audience. “I thought there was something to it. I really liked it.”
As she told the story, Wiseman looked embarrassed and repeatedly shook his head.
“This is the song I almost wrote with Craig Wiseman,” she said. “It’s called ‘Love Story.'”
Wiseman also once had his giant inflatable bottle of Fireball Whisky stolen by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.
Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran And Fireball Whisky
Swift and Sheeran were at Wiseman’s office for a CMT afterparty when the theft occurred. Fireball Whisky had stocked the office with plenty of their product as a thank you after Big Loud’s client, Florida Georgia Line, promoted it in their hit, “Round Here.”
While Wiseman was telling the story of Swift partaking in the Fireball shots at the party, the country/pop singer also admitted to pairing with Sheeran to take a giant inflatable Fireball bottle from the party.
Wiseman then broke out some miniature bottles of Fireball and he and Taylor Swift enjoyed a few sips together.
Swift performed several songs on the Bluebird stage including her hit “Shake It Off” and Little Big Town’s “Better Man”, which Swift actually wrote. Swift took home Song of the Year honors at the 2017 Country Music Association awards for the latter.
Swift Performance Filmed For Upcoming Bluebird Cafe Documentary
The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary and filming is underway on a documentary celebrating the iconic video. Swift’s performance was captured by film crews with plans for it to be included in the project.
Swift’s story is likely to play a big part in the documentary. At 14, a young, curly-haired Swift was seen performing on the Bluebird Stage by Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group.
Taylor Swift en el Bluebird Cafe
— Taylor Swift México (@TaySwiftMex) April 1, 2018
Taylor Swift Playing St. Louis Concert In September
Taylor Swift will make a stop in St. Louis on September 18 for a show at The Dome At America’s Center, formerly the Edward Jones Dome, in downtown St. Louis. The show will be part of Swift’s Reputation world tour and feature Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opening the evening.
While tickets for the show were available for just $25 on Stubhub at one time, the prices have gone up slightly.
Tickets for the show through the secondary ticket retailer now start at $29.
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