Taylor Swift released a surprise album called folklore on Friday, July 24th, and in a slight departure from her last album Lover, the new project features a collection of more emotional, piano-driven songs. The soulful project is already inspiring artists of all levels and from all genres to create their own renditions of the songs.
Here are a few country artists who have covered tracks from folklore.
1. Joey Hendricks and Savana Santos — “Exile”
Country singer Joey Hendricks and Avenue Beat’s Savana Santos recently put their own spin on folklore’s fourth track, “Exile,” which is a collaboration between Swift and Bon Iver. The cover video features Hendricks and Santos sitting on the roof of a building with the Nashville skyline behind them. The two sing a snippet of the song, with Hendricks singing Bon Iver’s part and Santos harmonizes along with him as Swift does in the original.
2. Alyssa Trahan — “Cardigan”
Rising country singer Alyssa Trahan got in the cover song action by performing a heartfelt cover of “Cardigan,” the lead single and second track from Swift’s folklore. The cover video finds Trahan performing the song on her keyboard in front of a simple white wall with strung lights behind her. Trahan sings the bittersweet lyrics with a crystal clear voice as harmony accompanies her in the chorus and the bridge.
3. Tenille Arts — “Invisible String”
Tenille Arts also created her own rendition of a folklore song with her cover of “Invisible String.” The song is about the idea of soulmates and fate, believing there is an invisible string tying people together. The song also features a nod to Nashville in the first verse as Swift sings about the city’s Centennial Park. Arts’ version of the song was a simple, minute-long snippet starting from the first verse and singing through the first chorus. She sang the song with just her guitar, adding her own flair with her country voice and changing a couple of notes to fit her style.