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Taylor Swift at Bluebird Cafe Video April 2018

Taylor Swift Returned to the Nashville Cafe She Was Discovered in For a Surprise Performance

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 31: Craig Wiseman and special guest Taylor Swift perform onstage at Bluebird Cafe on March 31, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for 13 Management)

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Taylor Swift? The singer-songwriter has largely been absent from the public eye since dropping her latest album, Reputation, which didn't include the usual high-profile press tour. Well, whether you're a loyal Swiftie or still obsessing over the details of Swift's lingering feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, we're here to report that she resurfaced for one night, and one night only, at the Nashville establishment that helped launch her country career over a decade ago.

According to The Tennessean, the 28-year-old gave a surprise pre-Easter performance at Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe. She joined country songwriter Craig Wiseman for a quick, intimate set that included stripped-down versions of hits like "Love Story," "Shake It Off," and "Better Man." The Bluebird Cafe was actually one of the first places where Swift performed in the early days of her career, making the performance even more special.

"I wanted to say a big thank you to the Bluebird Cafe," she reportedly told the 40-person crowd. "I think any songwriter in town would echo my sentiments and say that this is kind of the only place where this exists — this particular place where you get to come and hear the writer's take on the songs they've put out into the world."

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Of course, getting sentimental about her humble beginnings wasn't the only thing that happened. Wiseman, who's collaborated with the "Delicate" singer on a number of tracks, told a pretty hilarious story about Swift getting a little too cozy with a bottle of whiskey at a Country Music Awards afterparty.

"I got her a shot of Fireball, and then I got her another one," Wiseman began. "For the rest of the party, I would go get a shot of Fireball . . . and snake my hand through the people [on this balcony] in her general direction. I don't even know if she took it, but it disappeared." To celebrate the memory, Swift gamely took a shot of that very whiskey while up on stage with Wiseman "for old-times sake."

Image Source: Getty / John Shearer
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