He’s got a fourth single out from his debut album, he’s headlining the nationwide “Down Home” tour and he was just named ACM’s “New Artist of the Year” on April 19, but Georgia’s own Cole Swindell still loves to hit the bars when he’s back in his home state.
Colden Rainey “Cole” Swindell was born in Bronwood, a tiny town in Terrell County just six miles from Dawson (where Otis Redding was born) and 25 miles from Albany (where Ray Charles born). A Georgia Southern University graduate with a degree in marketing, the 31-year-old spent three years selling merchandise for his fellow Sigma Chi member Luke Bryan before landing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV in 2010. He wrote or co-wrote songs recorded by Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Craig Campbell and others before his own album was released by Warner Music Nashville last February. The first three singles, including “Chillin’ It,” have topped either the Hot Country or Country Airplay charts and “Let Me See Ya Girl” is making its way onto radio now.
Rum Runners Plantation Room – Statesboro, GA
You won’t find any blues in Statesboro at Rum Runners, where loads of Georgia Southern Eagles flock for the three big bars, signature daiquiris and live bands.
Bluewater Bar – Valdosta, GA
Located in a rambling old house in the former mill village of Remerton, Bluewater regularly presents singer/songwriters like Cole Taylor and Travis Denning for Valdosta State Blazers and country music fans.
Dillinger’s – Americus GA
It is said that Al Capone and John Dillinger, the namesake for this bar and grill in Americus, once stayed in the city’s famed Windsor Hotel. Georgia Southwestern State Hurricanes know Dillinger’s best for its music, games and 50¢ wings.
The Ivy – Atlanta, GA
This Buckhead bar boasts 28 flat screens and a 300-inch outdoor screens, perfect for watching the Braves and chompin’ on grilled pimento cheese sandwiches with fried green tomatoes.
Stagecoach – Atlanta, GA
Also a Buckhead establishment, the Stagecoach is an Old West whiskey saloon with single malt scotch, leather saddle seats at the bar and DJs.
Tickets are still available to catch Swindell participating in “Jameson Irish Whiskey Presents Georgia On My Mind,” a night of Georgia music hosted by the Peach Pickers on May 12 at the Ryman in Nashville. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Music Foundation and its mission to support programs of music preservation, education and outreach.