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Rhett Price & Josh Knowles – Boston Subway Violinists – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Rhett Price and Josh Knowles are two Boston Massachusetts violinists that have been playing contemporary tunes and building a following while busking in Boston’s MBTA commuter subway stations. Below is the YouTube video for a fine arrangement and interpretation of Taylor Swift’s “I knew you were trouble”, and a nice video production too.

Taylor Swift’s lyrics of flailing self-victimization is dropped as this duo instrumentally renders the gem of a melody and chorus in Swift’s song. Knowles and Price went to Boston’s Berkelee College of Music, and are clearly destined to be better known. Both are involved in other bands and separate collaborations.

The YouTube link:
Rhett Price & Josh Knowles – Subway Violinists – I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift cover

And…yes, the recording is available on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-knew-you-were-trouble/id635148414

Also a free, ten tune download of Rhett & Josh available on BandCamp:
http://rhettprice.bandcamp.com/

You can find a number of their other recordings via their YouTube uploads as “Rhett Josh”:
http://www.youtube.com/user/rhettjosh/videos?view=0&flow=grid
I’ll pick their rendition of Beatle’s Eleanor Rigby there:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-CofOnRgtA

Also, Rhett’s channel on YouTube as “Rhett C Price”:
http://www.youtube.com/user/rhettcprice/videos
Rhett Price’s page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/rhettypants

Josh Knowles is in the band Nemes, which is finishing up production on a recording for release sometime in 2013: http://nemesband.com/

Background article, by Steve Annear in Boston Magazine (April 10, 2013)
“MBTA Performers Make a Living Playing Taylor Swift Songs on Violins for Riders”
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2013/04/10/mbta-violin-performers-video/

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