Taylor Swift's tour openers Needtobreathe debut their 'Girl Named Tennessee' video: Watch it here - EXCLUSIVE

Opening a tour for a multiplatinum crossover star like  Taylor Swift is pretty much the music-industry equivalent of winning one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets—and South Carolina country-rock quartet Needtobreathe have snagged that prize, joining Swift on the road as she kicked off her latest tour last week.

And now, the foursome may have a crossover hit of their own in “Girl Named Tennessee,” which comes from the band’s 2009 album The Outsiders.

Check out the clip for the rollicking foot-stomper after the jump:

What do you think of Needtobreathe’s video for “Girl Named Tennessee”? Have you caught them on them on the Swift tour yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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  • ST

    I’m familiar with them from Christian radio and this is definitely a bit different from their normal praise & worship. However, given the fact that they’re on tour with Taylor, this is a good fit and a catchy, fun number.

    • Blake

      Praise & worship? They may have one praise and worship song an album, most everything they’ve ever put out is like this

      • Sally

        No, they actually have a handful of worship songs on each album. Just gotta listen to the lyrics.

      • Blake

        I would disagree. Most of their songs have a positive message and are spiritual, but these songs are ambiguous and wouldn’t be used in a Sunday service. The way I see it, they don’t like being classified as praise and worship or explicitly “christian” because they don’t want to push any one away from their music. You gotta show everyone a little love

  • Brittany

    So excited that these guys are opening up for Taylor! They are one of my favorite bands. I will not being seeing them while they are touring with Taylor but I have seen them before and they put on an awesome show.

  • njm

    The lead singer has an amazing vocie, if you don’t have the CD get it! It’s awesome. This song is really not christian lyric related but these guys are great! Look up Signature Of Divine video, it’s pretty cool.

  • Biz

    Needtobreathe is the best band in the country. Super catchy, super talented, super fun.

    • Angella

      Agree. This has been my favorite band for about three years now. I’m just hoping they don’t change their ways too much. Regardless, Bear has an AMAZING VOICE and the Band as a WHOLE is just the BEST!!!

  • Saracen Riggins

    Needtobreathe is AMAZING. Far, far better than Taylor Swift. What an incredible live show they put on! I have seen them as headliners, and wow. One of the best. Their passion for music is so evident and so contagious!

    • Dante

      Gee what a good little christian you are huh!? I like both of these artists. Needtobreathe I know are very grateful for this fantastic opportunity to go on tour with Ms. Swift. But let me be clear Needtobreathe do not even come close to Taylor with her creativity as an entertainer and artistry. If you actually went to one of her live shows, you would know that. The Speak Now Tour is on a whole other level.

      • Tim Walsh

        Actually I have been a musician for 25+ years. I have seen literally hundreds of live shows. These guys are the BEST LIVE PERFORMERS I have ever seen (christian or not). It doesn’t matter who the headliner national is NEEDTOBREATHE are better musicians.

      • PJ

        Taylor cant sing lol her voice is average… she is simply just cute lol

      • Dante

        Uhm I never said that they weren’t great performers and musicians. They’ve been around for 11 years for crying out loud. Taylor’s 21 and has been headlining for what 2 years AND SHE’S PLAYING STADIUMS as the youngest female solo artist? She opened for so many artists prior and worked her way up. What I’m saying is at her age and in this industry she creates her own stage production and puts out just breathtaking shows. She may not be the greatest musician or powerful singer(although she has a sweet voice, singing styles are subjective IMO), but give credit where credit is due. I’m just saying.

      • Dante

        *correction this year’s gonna make it her 3rd year headlining*

    • Kennedy

      I agree!! Amazing live and on CD. You don’t find a group like them anywhere. But Taylor? She is one of thousands of girls who have some talent, and she got her lucky break because of the thousands of tween girls who can relate to her songs.

  • Kelly VW

    I remember when I first heard this song on The Outsiders….it became my ringtone that night. Good job NEEDTOBREATHE! Keep it up!

  • Anne

    I loved this band before Taylor Swift started touring with them and I’m extremely disappointed that this article makes it sound as if she’s responsible for any success they have. They are way more talented than she is.

    • Kennedy

      Me too, they deserve to be a headliner band. But this will give them a bigger fan base to support them.

  • miranda

    Love these guys and am so excited to see them getting such huge exposure on tour with Taylor! This video is fantastic!

  • Denise

    This is the most amazing band EVER! Forget the Christian rock scene, its time to branch out. They were originally billed as alternative rock. This song has a fun country edge but they are NOT country. Many of their songs are featured in movies and TV shows. I have watched this band emerge as a small Indie band and this is their big break. In am so proud of them! They ROCKED ROCKBOAT and developed a whole new fan base. What makes them GREAt is the ability to cross all genres and attact a variety of fans. THATS TALENT! LOve..Love..Love..!@

    • Kar

      My husband DVR’s this video while I was away so I could see it and I have eejyond it ever since. She has such a sweet voice and I have really eejyond her songs.

  • Tim Walsh

    Not only is this song great, but just about every song off of their last 2 CD’s are absolutely AMAZING

    WAY TO GO NEEDTOBREATHE!!

  • John

    I’m a Youth Pastor in Charlotte… My youth group was asked to be extras on the set that day. (The saloon crowd is made up of people from our church, with the exception of the four models:) It was an amazing day. The band and their people were so kind and generous. Even after an insanely long day (the band had been there long before we arrived to do the crowd scenes), they stayed after to spend time with us to talk with everyone,, pose for pictures and sign autographs. This break could not be happening to a nicer or more talented group of guys! So happy for them, and proud to have a few seconds in the video. :)

    • SMR

      What a great sound. My great niece was in the saloon crowd. Thank you John for looking out for S.Walker. Thank you for your work in the lifes of our youth.This gal is from Tennessee and love the song too

  • LiLiana

    Saw NeedToBreathe at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN and WHAT A SHOW! They rocked the house! I’m glad for the exposure they are getting on the Taylor Swift tour…I just wish it was exposure from some source other than Taylor Swift. Sadly, I won’t be seeing NeedToBreathe again this year..purely because I refuse to pay for a ticket to see Taylor Swift and I can’t buy one just to see NeedToBreathe and then leave before she takes the stage. Sorry guys…maybe next year and I’ll be buying the new CD when it comes out.

  • Rie

    Didn’t like it. I agree with others saying that I wish they were gaining exposure from anything other than touring with Taylor Swift, I also refuse to pay money to see her in order to them, and now this video. Not classy boys.

  • Anna

    Didn’t like the video, girls on top of pianos in short shorts isn’t really something I expected to see from them. I agree with the above, not classy.

  • Brooke

    Some of you need to get over yourselves. I was a NTB fan before this Taylor Swift tour (although I love TS too)…but so what?? This is an AMAZING opportunity for them and they’re going to get so many more fans. They deserve this…they WANT this (hence why they said YES to Taylor).
    So if you’re a true fan…be happy for them and shut up. No one cares about your opinion of Taylor. And if you don’t want to pay that much to see them, then that’s your deal. But I’m sick of the complaining.
    WAY TO GO BOYS!!! LOVE the video!!! You guys deserve to play in stadiums :)

    • Rie

      Chill out…we just wrote our opinions. I am a true fan, been one prior to the Outsiders, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything they do. I also think this video didn’t show their real potential as artists. Just an opinion, and no I’m not shutting it up. :)

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