On Wednesday, July 29th an 80 minute drive was made to see Cole Swindell perform at the Rock County 4H Fair, the oldest 4H fair in the United States in Janesville, WI. WJVL Pure Country 99.9 FM couldn’t have picked a better act for their night at the fair.
Opening act Clark Manson had the crowd energized and ready to roll before Swindell took the stage. Manson, a Covington, OH native, has the stage energy and talent of many who have come before him. Watching he and his band is a truly enjoyable thing because of the chemistry they all have. Manson’s new single, “Track 9” is a feel good country song that takes the listener on a summer stroll down a memory lane of firsts. I have a feeling it will resonate well with listeners. Be sure to pick up the single on iTunes as well as his other music because this guy is bound to go somewhere.
Headliner Cole Swindell took the stage and what came from the performance was nothing less than incredible. I’ve seen this talented Georgia singer/songwriter in concert a few times before and from the first concert to this last one, I’ve seen growth as a performer, in his stage presence, as a songwriter, and as an artist. Whether he’s singing crowd and fan favorites off of his Down Home Sessions EP like, “Kiss,” and “She’s Ready,” or many of the hit songs off of his debut self-titled album, one thing is for certain, he loves doing what he does and he is amazing at what he does.
The smile on Swindell’s face when he is onstage makes the florescent lights even brighter and is all you need to see to know he’s happy with the path God set him on. The thing that makes coming to a Cole Swindell concert worthwhile is the incredible energy of his shows, the outward happiness, charisma and humbleness to want to continue to succeed in this business. My personal favorite moment of the show was the 90’s covers. Holy amazing is all I can say about that and I wouldn’t mind a whole album full of them. From Dierks Bentley to Tim McGraw and all the way to the greatest of the greats like King George Strait the songs are performed with deep love and respect for the kind of music he grew up on. He’s so good at it, and I Love it!
It’s incredible to look around at one of Swindell’s shows and see the crowd be just as into the performance as he is. Another cool moment is hearing Swindell sing a No. 1 song of his and hearing the crowd sing every single lyric back to him. There is nothing more amazing than to see an artist up on stage looking completely overwhelmed and floored by the fans’ response and Swindell’s smile shows appreciation to every fan who took the time to listen and get to know his music (even the songs he wrote for others like my personal favorite, Luke Bryan’s “Roller Coaster.” And just when you thought the show was over, he came back and does an encore and the moment during “Let Me See Ya Girl,” where all the hands were in the air and everyone was in the moment was so cool to see from the top row of the grandstands. The moment that stole the show was during “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” where Swindell basically hands the microphone over to the crowd and they sing the “raising our glass to those saving our ass overseas,” part of the song. Holy huge proud moment of the show! Purely amazing.
It’s more than just Cole Swindell, it’s the whole band and crew that make his career even more successful for him. A lot of times we forget to take note of the crew behind them. It’s what makes Swindell’s show extra special. Every single member shares just as much passion for what they do as Swindell does performing for the crowd. So, thank you Cole, to all of your band and the whole crew for another incredibly awesome and amazing show. Keep up the great teamwork and your career is bound to go further than you have ever imagined. I’m happy to have had the many opportunities to attend your shows, I feel so incredibly blessed. Cheers to more than a few good country songs, concerts, and a long career ahead. Love y’all.