Over the weekend, Taylor Swift surprised fans by going back to perform at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville where she was discovered! She performed "Shake It Off," "Better Man" and "Love Story."
According to CMT News:
The $20 concert marked a return to where Swift’s career began. In November 2004, Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Brochetta saw a 14-year-old Swift perform at the Bluebird for the first time. A year later, he signed her as one of the label’s flagship artists with Texas acts Jack Ingram and Sunny Sweeney. Her breakout hit “Tim McGraw” arrived in 2006, and more hits, albums, award wins and world tours followed.
According to the Tennessean, Grammy-winning hitmaker Craig Wiseman, who Taylor performed with, was in on the surprise. It was even filmed for a documentary about the Bluebird to celebrate its 35th anniversary. The two have known one another for more than a decade, and he can remember the day she pitched an idea for a song he didn’t get. They ended up writing another song, but Swift’s original idea went on to become her multi-platinum smash, “Love Story.”
Swift’s Bluebird performance included “Better Man,” the hit she wrote for Little Big Town and the story about how Wiseman found out Swift was a Fireball Whisky fan at his CMT Music Awards afterparty. When she arrived, he showed her around, pointing out the bar and offering wine, but apparently what she was really interested in was access to the Fireball Whisky shot room. They laughed at the memory of Wiseman passing her a couple of shots toward her through the crowd, not knowing if they made it to her or not. But in case they didn’t, he procured a few small bottles for them to enjoy together onstage. “For old-times sake,” he said.
Always there to help a friend... even with bunny ears! 🐰 Ironically I was sitting in the same seat last night as I was on 11/4/04 @bluebirdcafetn as @taylorswift took the stage. As magic now as it was then. Long live the Queen. Love to TS, Andrea & Scott S. What a ride... @bigmachinelabelgroup @bigmachineuk @bigmachinecanada @theBigLoud @flagaline