Taylor Swift Credits Nashville With Life Lessons

"Country Music Teaches You to Work," She Says

There’s a new Q&A with Taylor Swift in the November issue of Esquire magazine.

It took place over breakfast in New York City, a place Swift admits she never thought she’d live.

“I thought I’d be too overwhelmed by how busy and bright and crazy the city is,” she admitted.

But even though this interview happened in Manhattan, it’s what Swift has to say about Nashville that stands out most to me. Not Nashville, the place on a map, but Nashville, the mindset.

“Country music teaches you to work,” she said. “You hear stories about these artists who show up four hours late to a photo shoot, and in Nashville, that doesn’t happen. In Nashville, if you go four hours late to a photo shoot, everyone leaves.

“In Nashville, if you don’t care about radio and being kind to people who are being good to you … it’s a symbiotic relationship, and if you don’t take care of it, they won’t take care of you,” Swift explained.

Back in August, when Swift announced the details of her upcoming album 1989, she admitted it wasn’t going to be a country album. She called it, in fact, her “very first, documented, official pop album.”

So she’s moved on — or evolved — but fortunately for the pop world, she’s bringing her country sensibilities with her.

“I’ve never been more proud to have come from a community that’s so rooted in songwriting, so rooted in hard work and in treating people well,” Swift says. “It was the best kind of training.”

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