Ryan Adams’ excellent cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 has the media talking about how wildly different the two musicians are. But after a thorough forensic investigation, we found that Taylor and Ryan have way more in common than anyone would have thought!
1. Country music roots. Taylor, of course, started out as a country music singer, releasing her self-titled country album at age 16 and shortly after, becoming the touring opening for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Ryan Adams also started out in the sub-genre of alt-country, fronting the critically-acclaimed band Whiskeytown out of Raleigh, North Carolina, influenced by country rock singers of the past including Gram Parsons. The band stayed together for 6 years and released three studio albums before Adams went solo with the 2000 album of Heartbreaker.
2. Personal lyrics detailing past relationships. Both Ryan and Taylor catch a lot of flack from music critics for penning personal love songs about past relationships. Both admit that most of their material is autobiographical.