Not only does Cole Swindell have something of a hot streak working, but he’s also striking while the iron is hot.
The hot streak? His first five singles—“Chillin’ It,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” “Let Me See Ya Girl” and “You Should Be Here”—have reached No. 1 on the Billboard and/or Mediabase charts. And Cole ain’t ready for that streak to end just yet.
His sixth single, “Middle of a Memory,” is currently No. 3 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. On top of that, Cole has co-written each of the aforementioned six tunes, which is part of the reason he recently won the Songwriter/Artist of the Year award from the Nashville Songwriter Association International on Oct. 9.
Striking while the iron is hot? Less than six months since releasing his sophomore album, You Should Be Here, Cole is dropping a new EP, Down Home Sessions III, today (Oct. 28), which runs in tandem with his headlining Down Home Tour that launched on Oct. 26.
Cole stopped by the Nash Country Daily office to talk about hot streaks, his Georgia roots, familiar ball cap, new EP and tour and much more.
NCD: I see you’ve got your trademark Georgia Southern University ball cap on.
Cole: Yeah, man. It’s where I went to college. It’s where I started singing and I fell in love with being onstage. I’m a big Georgia Southern Eagles fan, so I’m always representing.
Do you have just one Georgia Southern hat, or do you have like 50 of ’em?
Note quite 50. For a while, when I started I really did just have one, you know? It got to be kind of too much. It was sweaty. The fact that I was wearing it around, on TV, all that stuff, so they sent me a lot. Now I’ve got one for every occasion, different colors, all that stuff.
Have you retired the original one?
It’s actually in the little exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame from when I won the ACM New Artist of the Year. That was the one that was in the