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Taylor Swift and Alison Krauss’s “When You Say Nothing At All” Duet Flashback

Reflecting on a Highlight: Taylor Swift’s Unexpected Duet with Alison Krauss on “When You Say Nothing At All” Take a trip back to September 25, 2015, when Taylor Swift was enchanting the crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with her celebrated 1989 World Tour. Swift, renowned for her surprise guest performances, consistently wowed her audiences with spontaneous collaborations that turned each show into a memorable event. Over the five-month tour, Swift shared the spotlight with a diverse lineup of talents, including Little Big Town, Nick Jonas, Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, among others. Yet, it was during her Nashville performances that she truly made her mark.

On the night of September 25, Swift thrilled her audience by bringing Kelsea Ballerini on stage for a duet of “Love Me Like You Mean It,” followed by a powerful performance with Steven Tyler on “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.” However, it was Alison Krauss’s appearance that truly resonated with the fans of country music.

As Swift played the opening notes of “When You Say Nothing At All,” a hit by Keith Whitley from 1988, the audience’s anticipation reached its peak. After Swift’s solo performance of the opening verse, the crowd was overjoyed when she introduced Alison Krauss, leading to an overwhelming round of applause.

Swift and Krauss then delivered a harmonious rendition of the classic song, with Swift supporting Krauss as she showcased her ethereal soprano voice, giving the timeless piece a new and emotional rendition that captivated everyone present.

The song, crafted by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, is a treasured piece in country music, born from the songwriters’ challenge of expressing love beyond words. Alison Krauss’s version, which appeared in 1994 on the “Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album,” earned the 1995 CMA Award for Single of the Year, cementing its legacy in country music.

The spontaneous duet between Swift and Krauss was more than just a musical performance; it was a testament to the lasting impact of classic songs in bringing together artists and their fans. As the evening ended, the resonance of their collaboration left a lasting impression on all who experienced it, making it a truly unforgettable moment.

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