Tour Opening Act
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.
RASCAL FLATTS: ME AND MY GANG TOUR (2006-2007)
After Rascal Flatts fired their previous opening act on the “Me and My Gang” Tour, Eric Church, for playing too long, Taylor received a phone call on October 17, 2006, saying that she would be hired as Church’s replacement. Church joked with Taylor that he should receive a copy of her first gold album in exchange for helping her become famous; Taylor held up her end of the bargain by sending him her gold album with a note that read, “Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I sincerely appreciate it.”
Taylor again opened for Rascal Flatts for their “Still Feels Good Tour” in 2008.
GEORGE STRAIT’S TOUR (2007)
Taylor also opened at all of the dates for the first leg of George Strait’s 2007 tour that promoted his album “It Just Comes Natural”, along with country legend Ronnie Milsap. Just like with the Rascal Flatts tour, Taylor was excited about opening for George Strait, saying that “I couldn’t imagine anything more thrilling than to be on a tour with George Strait […] Just last week, I was at the CMA Awards watching him be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and this week I received word that I would be on the tour with him. This is surreal! I keep pinching myself to make sure this isn’t just a dream.” The announcement came a week after Taylor was finished opening for Rascal Flatts.
TIM MCGRAW, FAITH HILL: SOUL2SOUL II TOUR (2006-2007)
During mid-2007, Taylor performed during select dates of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul II Tour”. One of these performances was included on the Target Exclusive deluxe edition of her first album.
BRAD PAISLEY: BONFIRES & AMPLIFIERS TOUR (2008)
Taylor was one of three opening acts during Brad Paisley’s “Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour” in 2008, along with Jack Ingram and Kellie Pickler.
KEITH URBAN: ESCAPE TOGETHER WORLD TOUR (2009)
In the midst of her own headlining tour, the “Fearless Tour“, Taylor began opening shows in select cities for Keith Urban on his “Escape Together World Tour” in 2009; opening for concerts in Cincinnati, Auburn Hills, Ft. Wayne, Atlanta, Des Moines, Moline, Boston, Philadelphia, Rochester, and Kansas City.
|Start Date||October 19, 2006|