Cole Swindell brought his Down Home Tour to the sold out House of Blues in Boston December 10 for what promised to be an exciting night of up and coming country talent. Swindell, who is no stranger to selling out the nation’s largest House of Blues, was also able to do so the last time he played the venue. This time he brought along Cole Taylor and Travis Denning as his tour support.
First to take the stage was Travis Denning. The Georgia-native has been working to make a name for himself since his move to Nashville less than two years ago. In that time, he has worked both as an artist and a song writer to create a career for himself in music, a dream he has fostered since he was young. Denning did a great job catching the crowd’s interest with his own songs, including “Red, White, and Blue,” which he introduced by speaking not only about those over seas fighting for the country but also all of the people who protect the nation here at home, like police, EMT’s and firefighters. This truly seemed to resonate strongly with the sold out crowd. He carried on into the sing along portion of his set, where he played a song that he penned, “Everyone We Know Does,” which was recorded by Chase Rice. The crowd’s energy peaked during this song as everyone was happily able to sing along word for word. He closed out his set with “Southern Rock,” a song that he explained was very important to him as southern rock is what he grew up on and what inspired his love for music and guitar.Cole Taylor was up next and he kicked things off with a fan favorite, “Drop Top,” off his self titled EP, which immediately had the crowd off their feet and singing along. Taylor took the stage with an energy and command of the crowd that one would have expected from a seasoned performer. He demonstrated a great deal of potential when he kept the energy in the room alive during songs the crowd was not necessarily as familiar with as they’d been with “Droptop.”
A noteworthy song from Taylor’s set was one off of his self titled EP called Boom. The catchy, up tempo song captivated those who knew it already as well as those who were hearing it for the first time. The highlight of his set came when he played a song that he penned for Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild. The popular “Home Alone Tonight” had the entire crowd singing along word for word. He carried the energy from that song into his closing song, “Cold Beer,” which has been gaining popularity recently. Taylor did a wonderful job amping up the crowd for Cole Swindell and showed a great deal of potential for his career going forward.Swindell took the stage with a great deal of energy and command of the stage with “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” the second single from his self titled full length release that went platinum and helped create the loyal fan base Swindell has today. He continued on with “Wildlife,” a song from Swindell’s Down Home Series which was released Fall of 2016 and “Brought to you By Beer,” from his self titled release. Other noteworthy songs that Swindell played from his self-titled release included “Chillin’ It” and “The Back Roads and the Back Row.” “Chillin’ It” was the single that helped catapult Swindell onto the map with country radio as it garnered a #1 spot on the US Hot country chart and a #2 slot on Country Airplay, in addition to going RIAA platinum. Its extreme popularity was certainly recognizable among the sold out crowd who all seemed to be singing along verbatim with Swindell.
Swindell took a few minutes before a performance of “Flatliner” to introduce it as a song he was very excited to have created with the help of Dierks Bentley and even more excited to get to play next spring when he tours in support of Bentley, a tour which should bring much success to both artists. From there he went into a string of songs he penned for some of the most popular artists in country right now, including “Get Me Some of That,” which was recorded by Thomas Rhett and “Roller Coaster,” which was recorded by Luke Bryan. Swindell also took some time to reflect on the origins of his musical journey. Prior to having his own successful career as a country artist, he sold merchandise for Luke Bryan, so later penning a song for Bryan was a career milestone for him.
Another noteworthy moment of the set came with the last two fan-favorite songs Swindell played: “No Can Left Behind” from his latest full length release You Should be Here and “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” from his self-titled release. Swindell returned to play two of his own songs, “You Should be Here,” the somber yet catchy lead single and title track from his recent release, and “Let Me See Ya Girl,” the last single from his self titled release. His rendition of “Let Me See Ya Girl” was a treat for fans as it was intertwined with a cover of the ever popular “Closer” which was recorded by the Chainsmokers and Halsey.
With the Down Home Tour winding down fans should be looking forward to the next run of tours for these three talented young men. Each took the stage with great energy and charisma and demonstrated why they are making a name for themselves within the genre as writers and musicians.