It’s hard to think about those whose happy holiday will be marred by the loss of a loved one, especially knowing that 58 families lost a country music-loving sibling, parent, child or friend in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. That hit home for the entire country music community, in Nashville and across the United States. Those are our people.
Cole Swindell definitely knows about losing someone he loves. The young country star’s father, William, passed away just as the Georgia boy’s career began its ascent.
Channeling his emotion into his music, Cole and songwriting pal Ashley Gorley wrote the tender remembrance, “You Should Be Here.” And while the tune is incredibly personal to Cole, its bigger meaning has been embraced by many who have experienced the pain of loss, making it a particularly poignant moment in his show.
However, when Cole performed the song in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, a raucous crowd was reverent, and as the final notes of the song were played, the country star dedicated the performance to “all those who lost their lives on Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Festival.”
Like most of his pals in country music, Cole is now on a break for the holidays following a crazy busy and successful 2017. This past year has seen the singer release his seventh single, all of which have been huge hits. Of course, his big smash for 2017 was “Flatliner,” recorded with his pal Dierks Bentley, and that dynamic duo spent a considerable amount of time together this year on the “What the Hell World Tour.”
It looks like next year is shaping up to be even busier for Cole, who has revealed that he is working on new music for his fans. He’ll be back on the road in January for the sold-out (sorry, y’all) “Down Home Tour” with special guest Morgan Evans. Then in February, he kicks off the headlining “Reasons to Drink Tour.” Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina will be joining Cole on that tour, so you’ll want to get a ticket soon before it sells out, too.