Cole Swindell is leading a new pack of up and coming country crooners. Over the past few months, Swindell supported juggernaut Jason Aldean on his 2015 Burn It Down Tour. Now, Cole is captivating crowds on his very own Down Home Tour with special guest Adam Sanders (presented by Monster Energy). Swindell is supporting his brand new Down Home Sessions II EP, the encore to the record he put out last year by the same name. Cole is also approaching the one year anniversary of his self-titled debut album which dropped last February. The disc peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. Now nearly a year later, Swindell and the album still have a ton of momentum.
Up-and-comer Adam Sanders kicked the show off with a great opening set. He and his high-energy band played a set mixed with covers and originals. In addition to his own tunes, he covered Luke Bryan and Tom Petty. The highlight of his set was “Real Men Love Jesus,” a track he penned earlier this year that Michael Ray recorded and turn into a radio hit. He concluded his time on stage by toasting the crowed with a beer and singing his song “Nothin’ To Do But Drink.“
Swindell took the stage, opening with “Down Home Boys.” Then he properly greeted a packed Electric Factory with “Hey Ya’ll.” This show was a first of sorts for Swindell. “This is our first headlining show in this area,” Swindell said. “We played with Luke Bryan at Lincoln Financial Field, but tonight this one is all ours.” The crowd erupted in applause. Then he launched into “Roller Coaster,” a track he co-wrote on Bryan’s double-platinum #1 smash Crash My Party.
Cole proved that he could hold his own as a headliner. He tore through a hefty 20-song set. Highlights included “Let Me See Ya Girl,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Chillin’ It,” “Brought To You By Beer,” “Shuttin’ It Down,” and “Dangerous After Dark.” He also threw in a cover of Thomas Rhett‘s “Give Me Some Of That.”
After the set, Swindell returned for a two-track encore. He performed his rendition of Florida Georgia Line‘s “This Is How We Roll.” Then, he closed things out with his smash hit “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey.” The crowd sang along with every word, almost drowning out Cole’s vocals at times. The song is an old-school country melody soaked with truth and alcohol. With these headlining shows, Swindell is proving that he can stand on his own. Whether you buy a bottle of whiskey or a ticket to the Down Home Tour, it’s worth it. – by Matt Bishop