Sun, Oct. 20th – Cole Swindell & Dylan Scott
October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Cole Swindell, a Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking seven-time No. 1 hit maker, released his second album You Should Be Here and it shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart and No. 3 All Genre within hours of release. The album is now certified Gold by the RIAA. Its lead single and title track held a four week run on top of Billboard’s Hot Country songs chart (tally of digital streams, radio airplay and sales) in addition to multiple weeks sitting at No. 1 on country airplay. His Platinum-certified “You Should Be Here” already boasts over 100 million streams, 1.5 MILLION+ track equivalents and over 50 million YouTube views. The career-defining single surpassed over 1 BILLION audience impressions. The song joins Swindell’s six other No. 1 consecutive singles as a solo artist (including Gold-certified hits “Let Me See Ya Girl” and most recent No. 1 and Gold-certified “Middle of a Memory” along with Platinum-certified hits “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” “Chillin’ It” from his Platinum selling self-titled debut album). This tops his own record of being the only solo artist in the history of Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the chart with his first SIX singles.�
Swindell was nominated in June for the 2017 CMT Video of the Year Award for his No. 1 single “Middle of the Year.” Earlier this year, the Georgia native was awarded his second CMA “Triple Award Award” for penning three No. 1 songs within the last 12 months (“Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” “Let Me See Ya Girl,” “You Should Be Here”). In 2016, he was named the 2016 NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was nominated as a 2016 CMA New Artist of the Year. In 2015 the No. 1 hit-maker won the ACM New Artist of the Year, was named to Billboard’s Top New Country Artists, and was awarded his first CMA “Triple Play Award”-the only performer to claim the title in 2015. That same year, Cole was nominated for CMA Awards’ “New Artist of the Year” and named Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, with celebrated songwriting credits which include not only his own five No. 1 hits but “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line, “Get Me Some of That” by Thomas Rhett, and several songs with Luke Bryan such as his No. 1 single “Roller Coaster,” among others.
In 2016 he toured with Florida Georgia Line’s “Dig Your Roots Tour” and headlined his own sold-out CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR. The Down Home Tour coincided with the release of his third EP, Down Home Sessions III. Swindell is currently on tour with Dierks Bentley’s “What The Hell World Tour.” To date, Swindell has sold over 1.9 million total album equivalents in the three years since his debut, including 5.7 million+ tracks sold and over 520 million on-demand streams.
The video for his 7th career single “Flatliner” which features his mentor/friend and 2017 tour mate, Dierks Bentley, is out now. The video world premiered at USA Today and The Tennessean. Swindell and Bentley performed the song together live on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards telecast live on CBS and again this summer for the upcoming “CMA Fest” special airing on ABC-TV on August 16.
For more information and tour dates, please visit www.coleswindell.com
An old soul with a young spirit … a dreamer who imagined himself following his father’s path to Nashville … a man’s man with a lifelong love for hunting and country music … and a heartthrob whose wide smile and deep-voiced Louisiana drawl have already turned many a woman’s head.
Even in the tide of hopeful young singers rising daily in Music City, Dylan Scott stands out. It takes just a few seconds to hear why: after Scott’s vocal begins on “Crazy Over Me,” intimate, even conversational, and then soars on a rush of buoyant emotion, you know something special is underway.
Not just this song, mind you — we’re talking about a career. Dylan Scott’s respect for traditional country, embrace of multiple modern genres, unique voice and welcoming personality guarantee his success in country music for years to come.
Scott’s vocal on the brand new single “My Girl” spans a vast range of expressions, from the intensity of the choruses to the spoken-word interlude, and plays out a true story that Dylan remarks was “ten years in the making”. The song, written about Dylan’s girlfriend at the time, and now wife, has already garnered the attraction of legions of female fans. Millions of them, in fact. The song has been cycling amongst fans for quite awhile which led to the clever revealing of Dylan’s new single, album and impending marriage through the video playlist, “Based on a True Story” on his Facebook page. Dylan’s success in the digital space has created unusually large crowds at his live performances with fans singing practically every word to every one of his songs all across the US and Canada.
As one of the most successful developing artists stories of the year, Dylan Scott rides a wave of momentum leading into his debut, self-titled album due out August 12th. Having been named one of Spotify’s Spotlight on 2016 Country Artists, fans have already consumed millions of plays on new music through his engagement across social media and streaming. Following the success of his debut single, “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy”, “Crazy Over Me” debuted at #14 on the Billboard Sales Chart and “My Girl” subsequently repeated as the highest charted country single its week of release at #30.
Everything that defines Dylan Scott lies in rural northeastern Louisiana, about 15 minutes from Bastrop, the nearest small town. “Growing up in the country is part of my music,” he says. “There were woods near our house. I grew up duck hunting and deer hunting. I went fishing and I played ball. That’s just what we did and who we were.”
What made Scott different was that his father was often out of town and on the road, playing guitar behind Freddy Fender, Freddie Hart, and other country stars. Young Dylan listened attentively to stories of Dad’s adventures on the road and in Nashville, which took shape in his imagination as a kind of Emerald City beyond the horizon.
“From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to go there,” Scott says. “Even in elementary school, that’s all I thought about. I never thought, ‘Gee, I’d like to be a police officer’ or whatever. There was always this understanding that someday, somehow, I would go to Nashville.”
He first saw Music City when he was about 15 years old. “My dad brought me up here with one of his buddies,” he recalls. “We looked at Music Row and the Ryman. My dad showed me an alleyway where he had to sleep in his truck one night. He introduced me to the guy who became my manager and still is. It was really fascinating and intimidating at the same time.”
Just before turning 19, Scott accepted a contract from Curb Records and began recording. From the start, his most important mentor was and continues to be Jim Ed Norman, the distinguished producer, record label executive and current Chief Creative Advisor for Curb. “You name it, Jim Ed has done it,” Scott insists. “When you’re making records, it’s about creativity and how you feel and how much fun you’re having. And along with his background, he brings a lot of fun to it because he loves making records, and I love making records with him.”
As they worked on various studio projects, Scott returned to his initial passion for performance. He put together an unusual “band of brothers,” consisting of his brother Logan on lead guitar and two other siblings, Garrett and Darrick Cline, on bass and drums, respectively. The communication they share is at least as important as their rock-solid musicianship. In fact, Scott invited Garrett to join the group before he’d heard him play or even met him in person.
“I checked him out on Facebook but I never saw him play on a video or in person,” Scott says. “But I called him on the phone and I just liked his attitude and the way he talked so much that I told him, ‘I want you in my band!’ I mentioned then that I needed a drummer and Garrett told me about his brother, so I hired him too! And they’re both phenomenal. I don’t know how I got so lucky.”
These were the guys that went into the studio to record Scott’s upcoming album. Norman was again in the production chair, but for the first time a second chair was pulled up next to his. “I’ve got my roommate, Matt Alderman, producing with Jim Ed,” Scott says. “Where Jim Ed has this great experience, Matt has this fire inside of him. It was a great dynamic. Everyone worked really well together.”
Another detail distinguishes Scott’s upcoming album from most new releases coming out of Nashville. Despite — actually, because of — his band’s unity as players and friends, they decided to layer parts individually over the basic tracks, with Norman, Alderman and Scott then putting it all together like perfectly matched puzzle pieces. This is something of a throwback approach, with so many artists now recording all their backup parts live. But for Scott, it made total sense to explore this path.
“We started with Garrett and Darrick,” he says. “Then my little brother Logan came in and recorded his parts. We brought in a couple of studio guys who are really, really good, to spike it up a little after that. But it all worked. I’d always heard stories, growing up, about how it was to make records back in the old days. They’d stay up sometimes to 1 AM, hanging out with their buddies and adding to the music. Now we’re doing it — and it’s awesome.”
“It’s the most creative way to make a record that doesn’t sound like everyone else’s music,” he elaborates. “It’s like building a house. You can get a bunch of people together and throw it up at one time. Or you can have a small group craft every detail exactly how you want it.”
“We throw a lot of elements into these songs, just like we do in our show,” he explains. “Our show is very diverse: we come out rockin’, then we might do some really old-school country stuff and then some hip-hop or something that’s cool on the radio now. One of the biggest compliments I can think of is when people come up to me after the show and go, ‘Man, I’m not really a country music fan, but that was awesome! I even liked the country/country stuff you did.'”
Scott laughs, with a honeyed hint of the Louisiana backwoods. “It would be nice to have a No. 1 come out of this,” he concedes. “But I’d love to make some noise and build the fan base level by level, just like we made this album. I don’t want to take two steps forward and one step back. I just want to climb, one step at a time.”
Dylan Scott’s next big step is just around the corner. Stand by … there’s much more to come.