Taylor Swift Joins Ryan Adams To Chat ‘1989’ Cover Album In Zane Lowe Interview: Listen
Ryan Adams‘ truly awesome 1989 cover album dropped yesterday (September 21), and the rocker and La Sera guitarist Todd Wisenbaker stopped by Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 show to discuss how the project came together.
Adams revealed that the cover album idea was first conceived back in November. “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,” he stated.
Taylor’s opus LP deeply resonated with the rocker, and he spent a little over a week learning how to play and sing the tunes. Adams went on to say, “You could kind of hear people going, ‘Is this  a dance record? Is this a retro ’80s record’ But I was hearing all the emotional content here and becoming curious about it.”
Adams and Lowe were then joined by a surprise guest — Taylor Swift, of course! “What struck me immediately when I listened to it [is] they’re not cover songs. They’re reimaginings of my songs, and you can tell that he was in a different place emotionally when he put his spin on them than I was when I wrote them. There’s this beautiful aching sadness and longing in this album that doesn’t exist in the original,” the “Wildest Dreams” singer (who appears at the 7:40 mark) explained.
As for her favorite tracks off the “absolutely gorgeous” cover album? It is a tie between “Blank Space” and “How You Get The Girl”. The popstar jokingly stated he is messing up her 1989 World Tour, as she finds herself singing Adams’ Bruce Springsteen-inspired interpretation of her melodies. While there is nothing set in stone, both artists would like to record more music together and have Adams become the umpteenth special live guest on her world tour.
Listen to the Beats 1 radio interview, as well as stream Adams’ 1989 cover LP, below.