Five straight number one singles, including the title track from the upcoming sophomore project “You Should Be Here,” and Cole Swindell remains more grounded than ever.
From the humble beginnings of Luke Bryan’s merch table, to writing and recording a transcendent song like “You Should Be Here,” Cole’s upward trajectory in the country music community is well documented, yet his appreciation for his fans, his perspective on music, and his effectual shoulder to cry on with his current single keeps him focused on writing the best songs he can.
“I’ve said this before, but it was the kind of song that made me fall in love with country music and the type of song that I came to Nashville to write.”
It’s also the kind of song that country music has been waiting for. The stories from fans about what this song means to them and how the video has helped them through their own struggles of loss and loneliness resonates with Cole on such a personal level, that it makes this track all the more meaningful.
“It’s so humbling to know that I had my dad for 30 years and now this song is helping them even if their dad has been gone for thirty years, it’s just very special. If seeing my tears or seeing me upset helps anyone else, then that’s what I’m here for.”
Cole kicked off the album with a gut-wrenching song like “You Should Be Here,” but the diversity of the entire project is something to be noted. There is a song for everyone on this album and Cole makes a concentrated effort to cover all the bases with the best songs he can, even if he didn’t write them.
“You have to go into it trying to write the best songs that you can and I need to make sure that I have the best songs I can get. If there are other writers sending me stuff, then I don’t want to miss a great song just because I didn’t write it, that’s not me.”
Later that night Cole invited us over for an early listen of the entire album and I’ll tell you right now, it’s amazing. It can make you laugh, make you cry, make you want to fall in love, make you reminisce and make you have a damn good time. At the end of the day, Cole is committed to his fans, committed to country music and committed to giving us all the best music that he can.
Despite whatever mainstream success he has, and will continue to acquire, despite his debut platinum album and five straight number ones, Cole keeps his feet planted firmly on the ground. He’s really just one of the boys who happens to write and perform great country music and we are all invited to be a part of it.