Tomorrow night, 8/13, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has booked both Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift.
I think this has potential to be a fanatic opportunity for both performers.
Swift is appearing to promote her role in the upcoming movie â€˜The Giverâ€ and Adams booked as musical guest and is there to promote his upcoming self-titled release. I believe a few songs performed together would do a lot to gain Adams some mainstream exposure and allow Swift to gain a little indie creed.
Both performers are known for covering musicians that they respect. Ryan adams does a great interpretation of Iron Maidenâ€™s â€œWasted Yearsâ€ and Swift really won be cover with her version of Mumford & Sonsâ€™ â€œBlank White Page.â€
Aside from the image potential, I believe that interpreting eachotherâ€™s songs as duets or trade-offs would bring new dimensions to the work not head in it’s current form.
“Love Story” – Sure itâ€™s sappy and naive, but Adams counts melt any jaded heart.
“Teardrops on My Guitar” – See above re: sappy and naive
“Back to December” – No one handles regret and heartbreak like Adams. This would kill.
“White Horse” – See above re: regret and heartbreak
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Adamsâ€™ would deconstruct this pop ditty and lay itâ€™s dark, fatalistic core out odor all to see.
“Safe & Sound” – This is an obvious one. This Swift/Civil Wars collaboration for the Hunger Games is half-way to being in Adamsâ€™ style wheelhouse. The other half is in Tori Amos’ .
Ryan Adams songs Iâ€™d like to see Taylor Swift cover
“When the Stars Go Blue” – Arguably the best song from “Gold.” Perfect for a duet. Obvious connection since Tim McGraw
covered this one.
â€œ16 Daysâ€ – A gem from Strangers Almanac. A duet and a single of this radio-friendly cut would surely sell a ton. I wonder if Adam’s would torpedo this song’s climb up the charts twice?
To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) – From Heartbreaker. It’s fun. Swift knows fun.
â€œTwoâ€ – His best off “Easy Tiger,” and one of his biggest hits. A duet with swift would bring out the song’s sweetness.
â€œSo Aliveâ€ – Also off Gold. This song rocks U2-style. Swift has been known to rock out on occasion.
â€œLucky Nowâ€ – From 2011â€™s “Ashes & Fire,” another of Adam’s most radio-friendly, and optimistic, love songs.
I can imagine the eye-rolls and sneers resulting from this post by Swifties and whatever Adams fans call themselves. But i believe that both sWIFT AND adams have an independent streak and a love of musical history that would suit them.
If nothing else I got fans in each camp to hear the other’s music, probably for the very first time.