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Cole Swindell headlined the annual Tootsie’s Birthday Bash this week in downtown Nashville, celebrating the world-famous purple honky-tonk that sits next door to the Ryman Auditorium. The show shut down lower Broadway, and Cole treated the crowd to a performance of all seven of his No. 1 hits, including his latest chart-topper, “Flatliner.”

Earlier in the day, Cole celebrated that song hitting No. 1 with a party on the roof at Tootsie’s, and Rare Country caught up with him there. All seven of Cole’s songs he’s released to country radio have hit the top of the country charts. That’s a feat no one has ever pulled off before in country music, and Cole admits it’s hard to wrap his head around the achievement.


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He tells Rare Country, “I wish I could. It seems like every time I get to talk to you we’re talking about something crazy like this. You know as well as I do, you don’t get to seven without a lot of support. I’m just glad to have people that have my back and appreciate what I love to do, ’cause I sure do love it. You don’t even dream of seven in a row. That’s pretty special.”

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“Flatliner” is a collaboration with Cole’s friend, mentor and tour mate this year, Dierks Bentley. They’ve been lighting up concert crowds with the song all year long, and Cole says it has become the high point of his live show.

“It’s the most energetic song of the show,” Cole says. “It just shows me every night, I’m like, this is why I released this song. It gets everybody up and going. You’ve got to have that after some of the sad songs.”

Cole’s got a point there. Besides “Flatliner,” Cole’s single choices off his sophomore album, “You Should Be Here,” have been pretty serious songs. The fans have been eating it up, though. During the party at Tootsie’s, Cole was presented with a platinum plaque for his ballad, “Middle of a Memory,” which was the next No. 1 hit after his emotionally-charged smash, “You Should Be Here.”

Next up, Cole is watching his new single, “Stay Downtown,” climb the chart. It’s the fourth and final single from the “You Should Be Here” album.

We expect Cole to drop his third album sometime in 2018.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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