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Cole Swindell Releases New EP, Makes Jason Aldean Tour Wish-List

“Chillin’ It” singer hopes to duet with tourmate during cross-country 2015 trek

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Cole Swindell performs during Nashville's 2014 CMA Awards on November 5, 2014

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He may not be heading out on tour with Jason Aldean until next year, but Cole Swindell is already plotting his dream duet with the Spotify-shirking superstar

“I better not plan it, but I’d love to be on stage with him,” Swindell tells Rolling Stone Country. “I got to go out with Luke Bryan this past year and sing a song we wrote together. Me and Jason, we’ve never written together, but hopefully I’ll get to go out and sing one of his big hits with him.”

Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour will kick off its next leg with Swindell and Tyler Farrar in tow on February 12th in South Carolina — and the “Chillin’ It” singer has his eye on one specific track.

“I’ve always been a big Aldean fan, and I’ve been listening to the new record a lot,” Swindell says of Old Boots, New Dirt. “I love ‘Tonight Looks Good On You’ off of it. I don’t even know if he plays it live, but I’d try to get him and his band to learn it live.”

“That’s not too much to ask, right?” he adds, smirking. 

Swindell will embark on his first headlining tour this week to support his new Down Home Sessions EP, out November 17th. Though his debut LP was released this past February, the Georgia native had some leftover material — along with a few new tracks — that he figured would be good fodder to occupy eager fans until the time to record a new full-length rolled around.  

“The fans are always wanting new music, and with as much as I love to write I might as well give them the music while I’ve got it,” he says of the five-song EP. “I just don’t want any songs to go unheard.”

One such song, the moody “Boomerang,” has been a steady fan-favorite on YouTube, and veers into near progressive rock territory with guitar borrowed from heavy metal riffs. Others, like “Workin’ on Me,” are more in line with the peppy mid-tempo numbers Swindell is known for. 

“It’s been a long year,” he says, looking back over 11 months that included two hit singles, a CMA New Artist of the Year nomination and non-stop touring. “But this has been the best year of my life.”


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