‘Catch of the Day’ – Cole Swindell ft Dierks Bentley – “Flatliner” [AUDIO]
Today we take a look and listen to the teaming of a singer and songwriter from Bronwood, GA, a small town about 75 miles southeast of Columbus, GA, and a singer and songwriter from Phoenix, AZ. A pairing of two artist of different country styles, coming together for a Saturday night anthem.
Before releasing his debut, self-titled album in 2013, Cole Swindell was making quite a name for himself in Nashville writing hit songs for artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line. His pairing with Bryan was a natural, as both we members of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Georgia Southern University, and both earned degrees in marketing from the university, though Bryan was a few years before Swindell at GSU. Bryan included a pair of songs written by his frat brother on his 2010 album Tailgates & Tanlines, and Swindell was on his way in Nashville. He would have songs recorded by Craig Campbell, Scotty McCreery and the FGL/Luke Bryan pairing of "This Is How We Roll" before releasing "Chillin' It" independently in 2013.
Thanks to satellite radio, the debut single began to slowly climb the chart, which caught the attention of Warner Music Nashville, who signed Cole the same year the single was originally released. The label had Swindell re-record the single before re-releasing it to radio and featuring it on his self-titled debut album, which was released in February of 2014, and Cole headed out on tour, opening for his old friend Bryan. "Chillin' It" would peak at #2, and the follow-up singles, "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" co-written with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, and "You Ain't Worth The Whiskey" both topped the country chart. The album's fourth single, "Let Me See You Girl" peaked at #2.
Between albums, the Georgia native released a series of EP's called Down Home Sessions. In May of 2016, Cole released his second album, You Should Be Here,
which included title track, a song Swindell has stated is the song he went to Nashville to write. "You Should Be Here" was written by the singer to honor the memory of his father, who died suddenly in September of 2013, shortly after Cole signed his recording contract. The single tore up the country charts, topping every one of them. The follow-up single, "Middle of a Memory" also topped the charts, meaning that of his six single releases so far, the worst one of Swindell's singles has ever charted was #2.
The third single from the album is in our spotlight today, Cole enlisting assistance by reaching out to Arizona's favorite son for a little help. Cole Swindell, featuring Dierks Bentley and "Flatliner" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.