When Luke Bryan returned to his alma mater of Georgia Southern University for a show, he had no idea that he’d meet a young singer-songwriter (and fellow Sigma Chi member) who’d end up writing some of his biggest hits.
That ambitious musician and Marketing major was none other than Cole Swindell, who kept in touch with Luke after that fateful meeting at the frat house, and later became Luke’s merch guy, co-writing songs with the country superstar while they were on the road.
A publishing deal led to a recording contract, with Cole’s debut single, “Chillin’ It,” hitting #1, followed by subsequent chart toppers “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” (co-written with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line) and “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.” His self-titled debut album also included “Let Me See Ya Girl,” and a Luke Bryan co-write, “I Just Want You.”
The winner of the 2015 ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Award, Cole’s sophomore album included the title track “You Should Be Here,” and “Middle of a Memory,” as well as a duet with Dierks Bentley, “Flatliner.”
Cole has written a ton of songs for other artists, including Thomas Rhett‘s “Get Me Some of That,” Scotty McCreery‘s “Water Tower Town,” Craig Campbell‘s “Outta My Head,” and Luke Bryan’s “Roller Coaster.” To tide over his fans in between full albums, he also intermittently releases a series of EPs known as “The Down Home Sessions.”
This will be Cole’s first year at Stagecoach, and considering that he’s scheduled for the same night as Dierks Bentley, there’s an excellent chance that the pair will perform “Flatliner” together!