With a hit single—the strummy, propulsive anthem “Riptide,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Alternative chart this fall—major festival gigs, and a North American headlining tour, Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy was already set to finish out 2014 as one of the buzziest new-folk troubadours since Bon Iver. And that was before Taylor Swift (perhaps you’ve heard of her) tapped the former semiprofessional athlete born James Keough to open on her world tour kicking off May 20.
“There hasn’t been that kind of ‘big’ moment,” says Keough, who played his first proper gig only two years ago. “It’s been such a steady burn.” Odds are that things are about to get a lot hotter. READ FULL STORY