Fresh from her "Red" performance at the 2013 CMT Music Awards, country music superstar Taylor Swift brought the house down once again this time at the CMA Music Festival also in Nashville, Tennessee. The 23-year-old entertainer was the headliner for the kick-off show on Thursday night, June 6 at the LP Field stadium, where top country music acts are set to perform until June 9.
Swift sang two tracks from her current album "Red", "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and the title track, a song from her 2010 album "Speak Now", "Mean", and a single from her sophomore album "Fearless", "Love Story". She saved the best for last, performing "Highway Don't Care" for the encore, with the track's lead artist Tim McGraw and fellow collaborator Keith Urban.
With her red acoustic guitar, Swift first introduced McGraw by way of her debut single named after the "Two Lanes of Freedom" artist. Then as the 45-year-old country crooner dished out the first verse, Swift dropped the refrain with "I can't live without you baby," before eventually bringing out Urban onstage for the guitar solo.
It's been only eight months since Swift released her Billboard chart-topping fourth studio album "Red", but the young superstar revealed she's already thinking of the follow-up. "I think you need to change up your influences. I think you need to be inspired by different things than you were inspired by before," the singer said on how she's going to make her next album sound different.
Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban performing "Highway Don't Care" at CMT Music Fest: