Is Taylor Swift Going Back To Her Roots On Her Surprise Album, ‘Folklore?’

Taylor Swift shocked fans around the world on Thursday morning (July 23) with the announcement of a surprise album, Folklore,…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 23, 2020


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Taylor Swift shocked fans around the world on Thursday morning (July 23) with the announcement of a surprise album, Folklore, dropping approximately 16 hours later.

The 16-track project marks the superstar’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to Lover, which was released less than one year ago.

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen,” Swift wrote in a series of Instagram posts. “And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise.”

She went on to share that she “poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings” into the making of the album and revealed that the entire project was written and recorded in isolation with a few of her “musical heroes,” including Aaron Dessner, Bon Iver, William Bowery and Jack Antonoff.

“Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed,” Swift explained. “My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much.”

Swift’s announcement has many fans wondering what musical direction she plans to take on this record. The album’s artwork and aesthetics lead fans to believe that Folklore might just find the 10-time Grammy winner returning to her singer/songwriter roots. While it may not fall exactly into the country music realm, the music on Folklore may be reminiscent of some of her earlier work.

Will Folklore be similar to her 2012 album, RED? Fans seem to think so as the album re-entered the iTunes Top 100 just hours after her surprise announcement.

Prior to the release of Folklore, Swift will premiere a music video for the track, “Cardigan.” Swift revealed that she wrote and directed the clip and also did her own hair, makeup and styling in an effort to abide by social distancing guidelines.

Folklore will be released at 12:00 am ET. There is a standard version with 16 tracks and eight deluxe versions with one bonus track.

Folklore Track List:
“The 1”
“The Last Great American Dynasty”
“Exile” (featuring Bon Iver)
“My Tears Ricochet”
“This is Me Trying”
“Illicit Affairs”
“Invisible String”
“Mad Woman”
“The Lakes” (Bonus Track)

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.