According to the Tennessean, Swift was brought onstage by the night’s main billing, Craig Wiseman. She received a standing ovation, and played her songs “Shake it Off,” Little Big Town’s “Better Man” (which she penned and won a CMA Award for), and “Love Story” — a song she explained she “almost” wrote with veteran songwriter Wiseman. He ended up passing on the song, not quite feeling it, but she couldn’t get it out of her head.
“I wanted to say a big thank you to the Bluebird Cafe,” she said. “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 writer’s take on the songs they’ve put out into the world.”
Swift’s performance was filmed for a documentary in honor of Bluebird Cafe’s 35th anniversary. The Bluebird Cafe holds special significance for the singer, as Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta saw Swift play there when she was just an 8th grader, and offered her a publishing deal.
Swift is currently in the midst of preparing for her Reputation tour, which will launch in May.