Taylor Swift gave a surprise performance at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, the cafe where she was discovered over a decade ago.
According to the Tennessean, about 40 patrons were at the cafe to listen to Craig Wiseman perform when he welcomed Swift to the stage. Wiseman met Swift at a charity show when she was a teenager.
“I wanted to say a big thank you to the Bluebird Cafe,” Swift said. “I think any songwriter in town would echo my sentiments and say that this is kind of the only place where this exists — this particular place where you get to come and hear the writer’s take on the songs they’ve put out into the world.”
The 28-year-old singer told the crowd she learned a lot about writing songs in Nashville, saying that one of the most important lessons he learned was that all a song needed was three chords and a simple concept.
Swift performed hits like “Shake It Off” and “Better Man,” which Swift wrote but Little Big Town performed. It went on to win Song of the Year from the Country Music Association, as well as a Grammy Award.
According to the Tennessean, Wiseman and Swift did shots of Fireball straight out of tiny bottles.
Swift’s performance was filmed for a documentary to honor the Bluebird Cafe’s 35th anniversary. Big Machine Label’s Scott Borchetta saw Swift perform at the venue when she was an eighth grader, and offered her a music deal.
She launched her career in Nashville with her 2006 song “Tim McGraw.”
Watch videos from the performance below.
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