Taylor Swift Recruits All-Star Backing Band for CMA Performance

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift will be backed by some serious musical muscle for her upcoming performance on the CMA Awards Nov. 6. She’s tapped Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and drummer Eric Darken for a unique interpretation of her song “Red” on this year’s show. Swift is one of only two nominees with six nods for the upcoming awards, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy and Album of the Year for Red.

Swift isn’t the only artist joining forces at the upcoming CMA telecast: Zac Brown has recruited Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters to join he and the band during the awards celebration, and Hunter Hayes will team up with Jason Mraz to perform on the Nov. 6 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Hayes and Mraz recently made a video for his new single, “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me.” The new clip includes seven aspiring YouTube stars and was filmed with one camera in one take at YouTube’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

The CMA Awards will be hosted for the sixth time by another successful collaborative duo – Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

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