4 October, 2015 - NME.com
A smooth acoustic cover of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' by guitarist Joel Cross has gone viral.
The pop star has yet to comment on his rendition of the song, which was performed in the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Saturday (October 3).
Cross said, "I'm going to attempt to sing a Taylor Swift song. Feel free if you don't like it to let me know and I will never do it again, I have no problem not playing Taylor Swift but since I learned it, I figured I'd give it a shot."
As the song ended, an audience member called out, "Better than Taylor!"
See the video below:
It follows another viral hit cover, by composer and double Grammy-Award winner Christopher Tin, who reworked Swift's 'Bad Blood' into an "epic orchestral" version, which the singer shared on social media.
Tin had met Swift at one of her gigs at the LA Staples Center in August, commenting that he was "completely blown away. After listening to her perform 'Bad Blood', I had an idea for a way to turn her song into an orchestral piece. And so I spent a few days putting together this (rather epic) arrangement for full orchestra."
Swift responded saying she was "happy about it" and was "getting pirate ship/sword fight movie scene vibes" from the cover by Tin. Listen below:
Swift's 2014 album '1989' was recently covered in full by Ryan Adams, who released his version, in the style of The Smiths and Bruce Springsteen, on September 21.
Both speaking on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show, the pair revealed that they had also recorded together at Adams' own PAX-AM studio. They also stated that they'd be open to collaborating again in the future.
Discussing the initial inspiration behind his covers project, Adams said, "I was going through a difficult time in my life and by the time Christmas rolled around, it was the first time I was back in L.A. during the holidays, alone, on my own".
Swift added of the LP, "They’re not cover songs. They’re reimaginings of my songs, and you can tell that he was in a different place emotionally than I was. There’s this beautiful aching sadness and longing in this album that doesn’t exist in the original."