Have mic, will travel.
That could be Cole Swindell’s mantra.
Cole has been a part of some blockbuster tours over the last few years, including Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour in 2014, Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour in 2015 and Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour in 2016.
But it was opening for Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour in 2015 that afforded Cole the chance to live out one of his dreams.
“One of the coolest moments of my life was with Kenny Chesney,” says Cole to Nash Country Daily. “I got my start in college. My first show, I was so nervous I could barely breathe and sing. The first song on my set list was ‘Don’t Happen Twice’ by Kenny Chesney. So fast-forward however many years later to when we were out on a stadium show. I got to tell Kenny that story and he was like, ‘Man, you gotta get up and sing it with me sometime.’ So in Seattle in front of about 50,000 people, I got to sing ‘Don’t Happen Twice,’ the first song I ever sang in a show, with the guy that sang it. I’m getting choked up thinking about that. That’s one of those moments that you can’t . . . I don’t know. I don’t even know how you can explain that. I wouldn’t even believe it if I hadn’t lived it.
“Without the support from everybody that I’ve gotten, I wouldn’t have been in that position to tell Kenny that story, to live that moment. I hope one day I have a song that some kid played when he was starting and I get to sing it with him. Because that moment, that’s what it’s all about. It’s just something that I’d love to do, and Kenny was in the position to do that. He did it, and I learned a lot from him.”
Currently, Cole is supporting Dierks Bentley’s What the Hell World Tour, as his current single, “Flatliner,” continues to climb the charts.