You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl.
Although Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, she's still exploring her country roots. In a Facebook Q&A, Little Big Town revealed that Swift wrote their "Better Man" track, the first single off their forthcoming album:
“We’ve been telling you guys…some of you have been asking and we told you that there was a young girl from Nashville that wrote it by herself and it’s Taylor Swift. She sent us this song and it was one that was really special to her and she thought of us because of the harmonies. She’s never pitched a song to somebody before. The moment that we heard it, we were like ‘Man, that is the song that we’re gonna cut.'
Immediately, we all had the same reaction. We’ve always, through our whole career, any time we’ve had that reaction to a song, we knew it felt right. This one just felt special and we’ve known Taylor since she was in high school. She’s a dear friend of ours.
We just played it for her when we finished it and she was really, really excited. We said, ‘Hey, we’re not just going to blab this that you wrote this immediately.’ She said, ‘you know what? That’s the greatest honor as a songwriter that you can give me is that you don’t want anyone to know that I wrote this.’ We knew that we would tell eventually, and it was a hard question to dodge for awhile, and the only reason we didn’t say is because we wanted you to hear the song for what it’s worth and it’s a beautiful song. And at her heart, she is biggest pop star in the world, but she’s a songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. She likes to tell a story and we didn’t want you to have any subtext there other than to hear the song and we did that.”
This summer, it was revealed the Swift wrote Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For" under the pen name Nils Sjoberg. She went on to perform that one at her greatest hits concert in Austin, Texas last week.
Swift and Little Big Town go way back. Last year, they made a guest appearance on her 1989 World Tour, and sang their Grammy-winning song "Girl Crush" backstage with Kelsea Ballerini and Rachel Platten.