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Steven Wilson covers Taylor Swift's The Last Great American Dynasty

Steven Wilson
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Steven Wilson has released a new video of him covering Taylor Swift's The Last Great American Dynasty as part of his The Future Bites sessions. The track is taken from Swift's Folklore album, one of two she released in 2020.

"My final TFB session track of 2020 is something a bit different," says Wilson. To mark the end of the year I wanted to do a cover of someone else's song from 2020 rather than one of mine, and I’ve chosen one from Taylor Swift's fantastic Folklore album. This is a story-telling song with brilliant lyrics, and rather a lot of them. In fact it might be the most words I’ve ever had to sing in three and half minutes, which is why you’ll see me reading them off a cheat-sheet!

"My version is pretty faithful, maybe a bit too much, but in the spirit of the session concept it was learned and recorded quickly. Plus it just sounded so good the way she did it. Happy New Year to you all, and best wishes for a wonderful 2021."

The intimate performance is the fourth in the current series, which has also included renditions of King Ghost,  Porcupine Tree's Collapse The Light Into Earth, Significant Other (originally from Wilsons solo debut Insurgentes), 12 Things I Forgot (with Gary Kemp) and Drown With Me

Wilson releases his sixth studio album, The Future Bites on January 29, 2021

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.