Just a couple of days before Taylor Swift officially announced she plans to release her first pop album, her pal Ed Sheeran announced he might be going (a little bit) country.
It makes no sense but, then again, what does these days?
Sheeran, the English singer-songwriter who once opened shows for Swift’s Red tour, told USA Today that a country collaboration with the guys from Florida Georgia Line isn’t all that far-fetched.
According to the newspaper, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have asked Sheeran to record with them.
I remember talking to Kelley and Hubbard on the CMT Music Awards red carpet in 2013, and Sheeran interrupted us to say hello. And even for that split second, you could see the potential camaraderie between the three guys. (And they all seem to have a genuine appreciation for all things Taylor Swift.)
Even when Sheeran is touring, it sounds like he’s taken a page from Swift’s instruction book.
“Use the crowd to your advantage and do a lot of call and response. Have your intimate moments, but have them sandwiched in between the big, grandiose moments,” he said, adding that his concerts are “essentially me onstage with a guitar, but the sound gets quite big because I use the loop station.”
While it remains to be seen whether he’ll end up working with Florida Georgia Line, Sheeran does a lot of co-writing and even had a hand in writing Swift’s “Everything Has Changed.” He’s also written for One Direction, Hilary Duff, Usher and Skrillex.