Although some people tend to label Cole Swindell as “bro country,” he tends to stay right down the middle as far as labels are concerned. His generous spirit and bright smile captures fans worldwide, and if he writes a song, well it’s sure to be a hit.
Sunday, September 17th, was no ordinary Sunday for residents of Frederick, Maryland. Swindell was all lined up to headline a show at The Great Frederick Fair. A nearly sold-out show, with a stage depicting that of a tiki bar… it was a Sunday funday like no other.
Swindell opened with the midtempo track “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” and then sailed eagerly into the lively “You’ve Got My Number.” Swindell, a Georgia native, has one of the most southern voices you’ll hear on today’s country radio (and it’s real).
Although you won’t find a guitar placed directly in the singer’s hands, his songwriting ability merely makes up for the lack thereof. A medley of songs Swindell had written flowed proudly from the singer’s strong vocals. The medley included songs that were sung by artists such as Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan.
Swindell is a mastermind when it comes to writing hit songs.
His set was enthusiastic and lively. The only time things got quiet was during the somber track “You Should Be Here” which was written about Swindell’s father after he passed.
Those who accuse Swindell’s lyrics to be based on beer and back roads have never listened to the regretful yet longing “Stay Downtown” or the inspirational and hopeful track “Remember Boys.”
Swindell’s set is full of all those hit songs fans crave such as “Chillin’ It” and “Flat Liner.” However, the ones I mentioned above are even more authentic live in concert.
Swindell’s set represents who he is. A down-home boy with good morals and integrity, Cole Swindell is highly overlooked and underrated. Dig deeper, and you’ll see the true artistry that lies within the 34-year-old, ball cap wearing singer. Better yet, see him perform. That’s where his talent comes to life.