The country quartet Gloriana was on a radio tour, performing on various shows, when the group received an unexpected phone call from a young country star.
"We thought somebody was pranking us," said Tom Gossin, 27, the band's acoustic guitarist and pianist. "Got on the phone and sure enough it was (Taylor Swift)."
Swift wanted to know if the quartet if would be interested in touring with her.
"(She) said, 'I kind of want to snatch you up before someone else gets you on tour,'" Gossin said.
Now, Gloriana is playing for packed venues opening for Swift on her Fearless 2009 Tour as well as making solo appearances at music festivals along the way.
"(Swift) plays for sold out crowds every night," Gossin said, "so we get to play for that many people and get our songs out to new fans."
Gloriana - Gossin with his brother Mike, 24, on lead guitar, Cheyenne Kimball, 19, on mandolin and Rachel Reinert, 20, on tambourine with all four providing vocals - will open for Swift and her good friend and "American Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler during a concert Thursday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Swift's set will feature a theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements designed by the singer herself.
"I think people won't be disappointed," Gossin said of the show. "We're four kids that love playing and performing and just want to share our music with everybody out there."
SideBar: If you go
· What: Gloriana opening for Taylor Swift
· When: 7 p.m. Thursday
· Where: Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth
· Cost: $25 to $52.50
· For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcenter.com