OFFSTAGE: A Modern Family Twist on Taylor Swift’s “Trouble”

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Now even Alex Dunphy wants to be a country singer? I can see why, I guess. It’s not the Dunphy character, per se, but the real Ariel Winter doing an excellent job singing Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” right there in her living room, with just a sideman playing guitar. Winter is only 14, and she sounds it, which is perfect for this kind of twisted little song. And maybe she’s not even thinking of going country. But I do know she has a passion for singing because she has already released a couple of songs on iTunes — “Fallen” and “Banished” — back in 2010. And she and her best friend have a band called Wicked Sweet. What I’d love to see next is Winter’s genius, good girl Dunphy work Swift into a Modern Family storyline.

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