Surprise! Taylor Swift Unexpectedly Popped Up for a Performance at a Bar

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Taylor Swift seldom makes public appearances these days, and when she does, it tends to be in a very intimate setting. One such rare outing came on Saturday night, when Taylor surprised the crowd at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee with an acoustic set, accompanied by her old pal, singer-songwriter Craig Wiseman.

After receiving a standing ovation for her arrival, Taylor praised the famous Bluebird Cafe, which often hosts “Writer’s Nights.” She gushed to patrons at the venue, “I wanted to say a big thank you to the Bluebird Cafe. I think any songwriter in town would echo my sentiments and say that this is kind of the only place where this exists — this particular place where you get to come and hear the writers take on the songs they’ve put out into the world.”

Taylor went on to explain that one of the first lessons she learned as a musician was that a song only needs three chords, and that simplicity can be very powerful. She proved that by launching into her hit song, “Shake It Off.”

Taylor later opened up about her Grammy-winning song, “Better Man,” which she wrote for country group Little Big Town. She explained that not until that song did she get to experience the joy of writing something and seeing it go out into the world from someone else’s perspective.

After discussing her songwriting process and playing a few of her biggest hits, Taylor and Craig indulged in a couple of Fireball Whisky shots. The two reminisced about the time they hung out in the “Fireball Whisky Shot Room” at Craig’s CMT after-party, and Taylor admitted she and pal Ed Sheeran stole a giant inflatable Fireball bottle from the party. As if we needed one more reason to envy their friendship!

After shots were enjoyed, Taylor recalled the time Craig declined to co-write a song with her when she was 17 years old. Craig clearly missed out on that one, because that song turned out to be her 2008 hit, “Love Story.” Taylor proceeded to perform the classic country ballad for the crowd, before going into a few of her other older hits, including “You Belong With Me.”

Of course, the trip to the famous Nashville stop wasn’t just for nostalgia’s sake — it turns out, Taylor’s performance was filmed for a documentary in honor of Bluebird Cafe’s 35th anniversary. It’s especially fitting for Taylor to be featured in the doc, as Bluebird Cafe was the place where Big Machine Label Group first heard her sing.

In that case, we’d also like to extend a HUGE thank you to this iconic Nashville haunt, because it gave us the gift that is Taylor freakin’ Swift!