Let me tell you what Taylor Swift is. She’s a kickass songwriter. That girl knows what she’s doing. And whatever she does for the rest of her life, she will always be a great songwriter and have my respect.
Can we just get off her back for a minute? She’s an artist, she’s a songwriter, let her make whatever music she wants to. Taylor Swift can make a pop record all day long, but if you look at the lyrics, that is the way country songwriters write songs. She’s a country songwriter. She knows what writing a song is all about. She knows what it means to not sand off the rough edges but put a magnifying glass on it.
I go back to the song 15 that she wrote. What a knock down lyric that is. First time I heard her sing it was at a little writer’s night in New York City several years ago and she sang that and I went; God it was Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Taylor Swift and me. She hits 15 and Vince is going ‘Wow,’ Trish is going 'Holy Cow, listen to this lyric coming out of this girl.’