Darius Rucker to Taylor Swift: ‘Enjoy It, Have Fun, Kill It’
Taylor Swift shocked much of the music community when she moved from country to pop with her latest album, '1989,' which was released Monday (Oct. 27). But while some may be critical of her decision, she has the unwavering support of one of the leading men in country music, Darius Rucker.
““Enjoy it, have fun, kill it,” he advises her (quote via Radio.com). “Be the biggest thing in the world, you already are. Just go ahead and get a little bigger. I’m really happy for Taylor. You don’t sell the number of records you do without doing what she’s doing.”
Rucker, who famously left the rock world as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish to move into country music, says he is inspired by Swift's success.
"I think she’s an amazing person first of all," the Grand Ole Opry member says. "She’s a great musician and an incredible songwriter. One of the true great songwriters of this time. She writes great songs, great melodies, great hooks. Unforgettable words. More power to her.”
Rucker isn't the only country star who is vocal about their support for Swift. Brad Paisley also says she has earned the right to put out whatever kind of music she chooses.
“People are going to have to get used to it ’cause it’s not the Taylor Swift obviously that you knew,” he says. “Because this is somebody -- like, she was talking about how she cut her hair, and she is spending time in different cities more and becoming more of a product -- and she is a world famous superstar now. She is just not Nashville’s, [and] we just have to kind of get used to that.”
Rucker's holiday album, 'Home For the Holidays' was released the same day Swift's '1989' hit shelves. Order his Christmas record here.