Cole Swindell is looking to score his eighth number one hit with the release of his latest single, “Break Up In The End.”
The new single, written by Jon Nite, Chase McGill and Jessie Jo Dillon, tells the story of a man willing to get back into a relationship again even though he knows what’s to come in the end.
“‘Break Up In The End,’ just the way it’s written, it’s a masterpiece,” Cole tells One Country. I feel like it’s one of those that just draws you in from the first line. It’s one of those real life situations that might not be the most fun topic, but a lot of people can relate to it.”
Cole finds himself in unfamiliar territory. The 34-year-old has written all of his No. 1 hits in the past. “Break Up In The End,” will be the first song he’s released that he hasn’t written.
“I know how lucky I am to record a song like that, said Cole. “When you’re writing, it’s easier to tell your story. But when you hear somebody else tell your story for you it’s like, ‘Whoa. How did they do that? Did they look into my life?”
The songwriters may not have had a look into the life of the singer, because Cole doesn’t like to talk about his personal life. However, the new tune does conjure up memories of past relationships.
“Maybe. I keep that pretty close to myself, but yeah, there’s always somebody,” admits Cole. “It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re still crazy about them. My past relationships got me to where I am now. And I think if anything would have worked out in college, or whatever, I maybe wouldn’t have moved to Nashville and who knows where I’d be.”
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One place that he will be, is on the road. Cole’s first major headlining Reason to Drink Tour kicked off in February with Lauren Alaina and Chris Janson. The “You Should Be Here” singer has nothing but high praise for his openers saying he “can’t imagine anybody else.”
It may be his first major headlining tour, but the Georgia native isn’t new to the road. He’s toured with megastars like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney, learning a few things along the way.
“I’ve had talks with all of them, and they’ve always been there if I needed to vent or talk about anything,” says Cole. “Mainly I think just enjoy it, because the fun’s in getting there. I learned that you gotta live it. You gotta enjoy it. If you don’t do that, if you’re always looking what’s next then you’re going to miss out on all of it. Just watching them, watching how they treat their people that’s the main thing that I learn. And that you gotta take care of the people that take care of you. They’re great examples.”
In addition to the new single, Cole’s Reason To Drink tour will take the singer through Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina, wrapping in April.
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