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Charlie Daniels took a moment during an interview with Country Weekly to weigh in on his admiration for the songwriting talents of Taylor Swift.
"I have great admiration for Taylor Swift. I hold her in very high regard for a number of reasons. First she writes her own stuff, she writes about what she knows."
He also cites her wholesome image. "She is a very very decent young woman who is a much better role model than some of these that are held up to admiration. She’s always been very down to earth and very humble. I like people who can handle a certain degree of stardom without taking themselves too seriously."
Hinting at the post-Grammys backlash against Taylor, Charlie says, "I hear people critize her and I think, ‘C’mon, leave her alone.’ They say she can’t sing, well she can sing. Bob Dylan couldn’t sing. Leonard Cohen couldn’t sing. I mean, they can certainly sing in their own way, but you couldn’t compare them to [Italian tenor] Enrico Carusso. But they left us some of the greatest songs we’ll every have. Taylor Swift is a great little writer, kind of reminiscent of a folk writer in a way, trying to document what’s going on in her life from her point of view."
Charlie also told Country Weekly that he is doing well after his recent stroke. To find out more of Charlie's goals for 2010, pick up the lastest issue of Country Weekly, on stands 3-29.