Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 1

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55m · April 17, 2021

Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 1

Taylor Swift’s new album is a reboot of an old album: Fearless, her 2008 chart-topping juggernaut that made her the biggest star on the Billboard charts. But Fearless (Taylor’s Version)—filled with banjos, steel guitars and fiddles—is also a reminder for those who forgot: Swift was once the top act in country music, too. From Dolly Parton to Shania Twain, the Chicks to Faith Hill, no country artist has ever crossed over to pop the way Taylor did, utterly dominating one genre before she took over another.   In this episode, Chris Molanphy focuses on Taylor: the country years, dissecting how she gradually, step by step, became the new queen of pop one irresistible song at a time. She went from interviewing bigger stars on MTV’s red carpet one year, to being the talk of the Video Music Awards the next—even before Kanye took that microphone away from her. He told Taylor he would let her finish, but the game was already over. Swift had the most played song in the USA.   Podcast production by Asha Saluja, with help from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • !! thanks for the tag @Sam 😊

    11 days ago·1 like·
    Sam

    @Chrisbadaoui Think this episode was made for you! Also maybe @cpetherick @Alaina would find it fascinating 🤷

    11 days ago·1 like·
  • a month ago·1 like·
  • @Nick @Sam Fascinating documentary style programme; considered, detailed, knowledgeable, interesting and engaging. Love the exploration of parallels between Taylor Swift and Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain and others. Very listenable 🎶🎶

    a month ago·2 likes·
    Sam

    Thanks mum! @Chrisbadaoui @Alex-Denne @Clarice-Crocker this might be one for my fellow Taylor lovers ❤️

    a month ago·2 likes·
    Jane

    @Sam No probs! Nice to see others enjoying it too 👍 It would stand up well against a BBC4 documentary don't you think?

    a month ago·1 like·
    Sam

    @Jane certainly - Also @Philip-McMahon might like this

    a month ago·
    Alex-Denne

    Yep totally agree, very listenable and it's made me re-view my take on Taylor Swift that's for sure. I should probably check out her first couple album's!

    a month ago·1 like·
    Katy80

    @Alex-Denne Definitely worth a visit of her early stuff! And great episode found it really interesting

    11 days ago·3 likes·
    Chrisbadaoui

    @Sam I’d love to have a discussion on here about some of her music

    11 days ago·1 like·
    Alex-Denne

    @Katy80 I have done and while I would've been somewhat bashful of saying it, I'm now - with my country fan hat firmly on - very happy to say that there are some absolute bangers there!

    11 days ago·2 likes·