Flashback: Taylor Swift Brings Alison Krauss On Stage For “When You Say Nothing At All” Duet

Flashback: Taylor Swift Brings Alison Krauss On Stage For “When You Say Nothing At All” Duet

Revisiting a Memorable Moment: Taylor Swift’s Surprise Duet with Alison Krauss on “When You Say Nothing At All”Rewind to September 25, 2015, and Taylor Swift was captivating audiences at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena as part of her highly acclaimed 1989 World Tour. Known for her penchant for surprises, Swift made it a tradition to bring out special guests during her tour stops, treating fans to unexpected collaborations and unforgettable performances. Throughout the five-month tour, Swift shared the stage with an impressive roster of artists, including Little Big Town, Nick Jonas, Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, and many others. However, it was her Nashville concerts that truly stole the spotlight.

During the September 25 show, Swift delighted fans by inviting Kelsea Ballerini to join her for a rendition of “Love Me Like You Mean It.” The legendary Steven Tyler also made a memorable appearance, belting out “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” alongside Swift. Yet, it was the arrival of Alison Krauss that left a lasting impression on country music enthusiasts.


As Swift began to play the familiar intro to “When You Say Nothing At All,” originally made famous by Keith Whitley in 1988, the crowd erupted with excitement. Swift’s solo rendition of the first verse set the stage for what would be an unforgettable moment. Then, to the audience’s delight, Swift introduced Alison Krauss, sending the arena into a frenzy of applause.

In a remarkable display of musical harmony, Swift gracefully transitioned into a supporting role as Krauss took center stage, showcasing her angelic soprano vocals. Together, they breathed new life into the timeless classic, captivating the audience with their heartfelt rendition.

Written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, “When You Say Nothing At All” holds a special place in the hearts of country music fans. Originally conceived when the songwriters struggled to find the right words, the song has since become a beloved anthem of love and devotion.

Alison Krauss, known for her unparalleled talent and distinctive sound, released her own rendition of the song in 1994 as part of the tribute album “Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album.” The track went on to win the 1995 CMA Award for Single of the Year, solidifying its status as a country music classic.


For Swift and Krauss, their impromptu duet was not only a celebration of musical collaboration but also a testament to the enduring power of timeless songs to unite artists and fans alike. As the night came to a close, the echoes of their performance lingered in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to witness this magical moment.



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