Why Nashville Still Roots for Taylor Swift Despite 'Reputation' Being a Far Cry From Country
Isaac Weeks for Billboard
Date: November 17th 2017
When Taylor Swift’s Reputation hit shelves last week, it marked the star’s furthest departure yet from the country sounds of her adopted hometown of Nashville – yet the city is still cheering her on.
Among the reasons: as she’s transitioned from country singer-songwriter to pop queen, she’s carefully continued to pay her respects to the town that launched her career, while continuing to wield considerable power there through her label, Big Machine.
To be sure, Swift’s presence in Nashville is relatively minimal these days, save for occasional news items featuring her being spotted snuggled up to boyfriend Joe Alwyn on her penthouse condo’s balcony overlooking Vanderbilt University, or the infrequent tweets from excited locals saying she was seen in nearby Hillsboro Village at her regular coffee spot, Fido, or next door at her favorite boutique, Pangaea.