Cole Swindell and Joe Lasher Jr 117If you have never seen Cole Swindell on stage, that is something you need to add to your ‘bucket list’. After Cole walks out on stage, it only takes about 10 seconds to realize that this Warner Brothers Nashville recording artist does more than just sing!  He came ready for fun; and he was ready to make sure his audience had fun, too.  Cole Swindell – you don’t have to worry about that. Your audience most definitely had fun!

Fans have only been listening to Cole for a little more than two years now.  It seems once “Chillin’ It” made its way to the top of the charts, back in 2013, it was suddenly one hit after the next for Cole. “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Aint Worth the Whiskey” and “Let Me See Ya Girl” all followed “Chillin’ It”, and I think it’s pretty safe to say every one of those songs proved to be a huge success for the kid from Bronwood, Ga. Those are the songs you all heard Cole sing, but he’s written a lot more than just those four. A few that Cole wrote (or co-wrote)  include “Outta My Head” for Craig Campbell; “Roller Coaster”, sung by his buddy Luke Bryan; “This is How We Roll,” by Florida Georgia Line, and the first one he ever got our there, “Water Tower Town” for Scotty McCreery.

Cole Swindell and Joe Lasher Jr 130Now, about last night’s show. We got to meet Cole briefly at the Meet & Greet before the show.  In that few seconds of grabbing an autograph and standing next to the artist to have your picture taken, you can learn a lot about him.  In Cole’s case, we noticed a smile that never faded, a more than sincere ‘how are you’ or ‘nice to meet you’, followed by an arm over your shoulder for the photo.  He didn’t seem bothered by the fact that somewhere around 150 people were in that line to meet him. Apparently he knew that a few seconds with him was worth a trip to the fair for many of those folks.

Cole Swindell and Joe Lasher Jr 231If the 2015 Appalachian Fair week continues the way it started, you are going to hear the words ‘high-energy show’ a lot!  Cole Swindell must sleep very well when he comes off that stage, because this kid just does not know how to stop jumping, bouncing, running, leaping, hopping and all but skipping around on that stage.  He is more than just active, vibrant and lively– He is fun! He was there to make everyone happy. He accomplished that goal.

Cole Swindell and Joe Lasher Jr 232During his more than 90 minute show, which included a 3-song encore, Cole looked at his audience, smiled hugely at his audience, and did something throughout the show that we usually only hear maybe twice (at the beginning and at the end).  Cole said ‘thank you’.  I wish I had counted how many times. It seemed like almost at the end of each song – he thanked us all for being there; he thanked us all for coming out tonight; he thanked us all for being fans; he thanked us all for everything he could think of. And, you know what?  He meant it.  He seems to know that we could have been other places on that Tuesday night.  And, it really appreciated the fact that we all chose to be in his audience to watch his show. He worked hard, and he gave us a show that made everyone very happy they weren’t somewhere else.

Cole Swindell and Joe Lasher Jr 246Our fair has a runway – some call it a ramp, some call it a catwalk. Whatever you call it, Cole Swindell absolutely knows how to use it!  He spent a lot of time standing out on the runway, racing up and down the runway, and of course reaching out to touch the hands of as many fans as he could while he did it. Oh, not just Cole, his band members joined him on that runway from time to time.  Or, they stepped out on it alone, giving the fans an opportunity to feel a little closer to the entire group.  At this point, let introduce you to that fine group of musicians.  Joel Hutsell was on lead guitar; Clint May, rhythm guitar; Drew Hassell had the bass guitar, and Chris Marquart sat behind the drums. There is one more member of this entourage I have to tell you about.  They call him Hutch. Hutch works the merchandise table. I spent a lot of time talking to Hutch before the show. He told me a little about what I might expect when Cole stepped out on stage. He was the one who gave me all the band members names, since it is usually a little difficult to hear that and get them written down when they are introduced during the show. He was a pleasant person, I appreciated the time he gave me, and he made me want to do an article about ‘the merch guys’ – so watch for that some day.

A little about the show for you – In addition to songs he recorded and songs he wrote, Cole also sang a few of our country songs from back in the 1990s.  He told his audience he loves 1990s country, then he said George Strait, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bently songs for us.  It really didn’t matter what Cole sang last night. His audience was soaking it all in, and loving every minute of that show.

We are going to close this out with a few more pictures last night’s show.  Those of you who were there know what we’re talking about. Those of you who have never seen him on stage, I hope you do someday.

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In addition to his web site, visit Cole’s Facebook page {and please remember to “Like” it while you are there}. You will want to have a look at the pictures and vieos he has posted on his Instagram, too. When you have a little time to sit by your computer, go have a look at his YouTube videos. There is a lot of entertainment there! When you’ve done that, head over to Twitter, and follow him @coleswindell. If you are not already following us on twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.

Night three of our fair tonight; more to tell you about later! Enjoy your Wednesday!
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If you have never seen Cole Swindell on stage, that is something you need to add to your ‘bucket list’. After Cole walks out on stage, it only takes about 10 seconds to realize that this Warner Brothers Nashville recording artist does more than just sing!  He came ready...