NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 11, 2013 - Country newcomer Brett Eldredge hits the road this week as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift's sold-out Red Tour. Playing over 10 concerts across the country, Eldredge is looking forward exposing Swift's vast fan base to his rock-infused music, including his current single "Don't Ya," and maybe even gaining some younger fans along the way. "Taylor is an artist unlike any other artist," he tells The Boot. "She is the real deal, and she has fans that are incredibly loyal to her and so passionate. They've grown up with her and they've told their friends, and now she has a hundred million more of 'em! But there's a reason she's that big. To be able to be a little sliver part of that show is really cool for me, and I'm so thankful for that opportunity to get up there and sing six of my songs or however long it is every night. I'll make some new friends and fans, and then I get to go sit out in front of the stage and watch her every night. She really is the cream of the crop of what she does, and the production of her shows are one of a kind."
While Eldredge has done his fair share of touring to various fairs and festivals, he says that stadium arenas are a completely different beast to conquer. "You have to alter your show a little to play to those size crowds," he explains. "That's always been my vibe though, making sure the crowd is feeding off the energy of a show – and it's not even necessarily the tempo of the song, it's just if they're enjoying it and you're enjoying it, that's really all that matters. So I'm gonna go out there and do what I do and play the songs I believe they'll like, and if for some reason we need to switch it up, we will. But we've been on the road a lot, and I think the set list we've got will cater to her fans. I'll play my songs and get them dancing, hopefully."
In addition to the opportunity to tour with Swift, Eldredge is also eyeing the chance to co-write with his fellowing opening acts, particularly British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. "Ed Sheeran is awesome. I've never gotten to meet him, but I listen to his music and I'm looking forward to meeting him and possibly writing with him a little bit," he says. "Collaboration to me is the most special thing in the world, because they bring what they do to the room and you bring what you do, and you get to morph that into something ... It's like creating Frankenstein, you're really putting something together!"