Fawning & Flailing

Jack White has a story about his first impressions of country singer Ashley Monroe. “When I first heard her,” he told me recently, “it was years ago”—back around 2006, to be specific—”when I was driving around and I heard her on the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. I actually pulled over, because I was going into a shop but I was like, ‘I gotta wait and hear what this girl’s name is, because I really love her voice.’ And they finally said Ashley Monroe, so I tried to remember that.”

White continues the tale. “A couple weeks later I’m at the airport and these two girls come up to me and they want an autograph. And I said, ‘Okay, what’s your name?’ And she goes, ‘Ashley.’ And I said, ‘Ashley what?’ ‘Ashley Monroe.’ And I said, ‘You’re not the singer Ashley Monroe, are you?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, I am.’ I said, ‘Oh, I heard you on Grand Ole Opry a couple weeks ago.’ ‘You’re kidding me.’ And I see this other girl getting a little bit miffed you know. And’ I said, ‘Yeah, I really love your voice, it’s really great. I’d like to hear some more stuff. I’m gonna go look you up.’ And we talked, and eventually she ended up playing and singing with the Raconteurs not too long after that. And I signed both girl’s autographs. It turns out later,” he laughs, “that that other girl was Taylor Swift.”

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