James Wesley Is Thrilled to Tour With ‘Girl Next Door’ Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift launched the latest part of her Speak Now Tour in May, where she showcased guitar slinger Frankie Ballard as her opening act. Throughout the tour, Swift has been rotating out her tour openers and soon got to featuring country newcomer James Wesley.
Wesley's first night with Swift on the high-profile tour took place in Foxboro, Mass., where they performed at Gillette Stadium in front of 60,000 for two straight nights.
"Her people are great," Wesley tells Taste of Country about Swift and her entourage. "You couldn't meet nicer people. That Saturday night after we finished the first show, after it was all said and done, we went out and they had a barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages. They put the buses together, and we all stood out there -- all the bands and musicians, her mom and dad, everybody who was on the whole tour -- and talked and had a really good time. She came over and we visited. Of course I thanked her for asking me to be a part of it. Knowing that she handpicked the artists that she wanted to go out on tour with her is huge for me. Being even thought of would have been cool, but I’m so happy she asked me to be a part of it. We talked about ear monitors and being out on tour ... she's just kind of like the girl next door which is really cool."
During the opening weekend of his leg of the tour, Wesley was able to watch Swift perform in the pouring rain in front of her fans, who were content with getting soaked to the bone, as long as Swift was gracing the stage.
"It was such a cold rain," Wesley recalls. "I didn't see one person leave, though, and it was pouring down rain. I stood out in the rain and watched it myself. It was awesome to be a part of that. The cool thing was that you see these parents out there with their kids. I saw this one little girl who was probably 5 or 6-years-old sitting out there in her chair. I was just sitting there watching her with her dad ... it was priceless!"
Wesley, whose latest single 'Didn't I' is at radio now, will continue on the road with Swift on dates throughout the next few months. His final show on the tour will be October 11 in Lexington, Ky. Click here for a complete list of dates where the tour will be stopping.
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