By 2007, Taylor had quickly established herself as the most remarkable country music breakthrough artist of the decade. By now she knew how to work all the different digital cameras, all the different camera phones. Even back then, she knew exactly how to establish a lasting connection with her fans. Before every show she would load up her wrists with bracelets that she would later toss out to fans during “Tim McGraw
”, allowing them to take home a small piece of her. And after she finished singing “Should’ve Said No
” about a boy who cheated on her, she would drop to her knees and bend forward, holding her head still as fans in the front rows patted it concernedly. It was a scarily intimate moment but essential to her self-presentation that there was no barrier between her and her songs, and their listeners, the consumers. That insistence informs every aspect of her work, to this day.