OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift On the “Good Luck, Tayter” Wishes

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What is it about Nashville that Taylor Swift loves so much? This: That she can go on a mega-world tour and come home to Tennessee for one day off before the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, and people will just come up to her with all kinds of well wishes. Like “Good luck, Tayter. You bring it home this weekend. You bring it home.” That’s what Swift told Jay Leno on the Tonight Show on Tuesday (April 5) night. “Like it’s some sort of state championship football thing or something,” she said. “This is why I love this town.” She also regaled Leno with stories of giving her band-mate a delirious haircut on the road, buying record players at Target and how she’s been listening to hip-hop music. But it was her tweet before she went on the show that I think really said it all. “I’ll be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.. Well.. Tonight. And also, I love you,” she wrote. After winning the ACM’s fan-voted entertainer of the year award, I think the feeling’s pretty mutual.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.