Cole Swindell released his self-titled debut album in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. Since then, he has scored two chart-topping singles. Both “Chillin’ It,” and “You Should Be Here,” hit the number one spot. He also has nine total top-10 hits as well as an ACM Award under his belt. Swindell doesn’t just create hits for himself. He came to Music City in 2010 as a songwriter. Since then, he penned songs for huge artists like Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, and Chris Young.
Cole Swindell now has the distinction of being the first artist to grace the brand new Outsider Studios. He sat down with Outsider’s Marty Smith to discuss his career, and more importantly, the path that brought him to where he is today.
Highlights From Cole Swindell’s Chat With Marty Smith
Marty Smith and Cole Swindell didn’t pussyfoot around on this episode of The Marty Smith Podcast. They jumped right into the deep end of the emotional pool. Marty kicked off their talk by bringing up one tragic thing they have in common. Both Smith and Swindell lost their fathers in recent years.
Marty wanted to know, “How have you been able to use your work as a vehicle to, in some way, learn your hurt, purge your hurt, and share it with the world so that they might have something to hold on to?”
This brought Cole Swindell around to talk about his number-one single “You Should Be Here.” He said that when he wrote that song, he had his dad in mind. However, he and his writing partner wanted to make it relatable. So, anyone who was going through similar things could have that song to help them through it. Swindell went on to say that the song has put him in contact with many people, including Marty Smith and Dale Earnhardt Jr. because it touched them.
Then, Cole Swindell said something that spoke deeply to what kind of man his father was. “I always say, my dad, for those who didn’t get to meet him, if he would’ve known that he could check out a little early and it would inspire a song that would help way more people than he would ever get to meet, he would have done it…” To hear more on that topic, tune in to The Marty Smith podcast below or scroll up and watch the video.
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Things got a little more light-hearted as the interview went on. At one point, Marty Smith asked Cole Swindell to tell his “Luke Bryan story.”
Cole Swindell was at a party at his frat house when Luke Bryan and his band showed up to play. Bryan sat down and played a still-unreleased tune called “Small Town Favorite Son,” that blew Swindell away. They formed a bond and kept in touch. Later, Luke Bryan asked Cole to come out on the road with him and sell his merch at shows. He held down the merch table for three years. Then, he broke out onto the scene.
Cole Swindell gives all the details in his chat with Marty Smith.
More Highlights From Cole Swindell’s Time on The Marty Smith Podcast
There is so much more in this episode of The Marty Smith Podcast. Overall, it feels more like a couple of buddies catching up than an industry interview. They do touch on some big moments in Cole Swindell’s career, though. They talk about what it was like to get his first chart-topper as a songwriter and his writing process. You’ll also hear all about his relationship with some of the biggest names in the business today.
This is one you definitely don’t want to miss.