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2017 Faster Horses Music Festival - Day 1

Cole Swindell performs at the Faster Horses Music Festival in Michigan this past summer. He will be in concert in Cape Girardeau on Saturday.

Cole Swindell is still pitching a perfect game.

The 34-year-old Georgia native has released seven singles since signing a record deal with powerhouse Warner Music Nashville in 2013, and each one has reached the top of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts, the new scale for gauging mainstream country success.

He started the streak with debut single “Chillin' It,” an instant hit on satellite radio support, which led caused a quick bump to a major label. He followed with hits “”Hope you get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain't Worth the Whiskey,” “Middle of a Memory,” and most recently kept the impressive No. 1 streak alive with “Flatliner,” a duet with Dierks Bentley.

Swindell will bring his “You Should be Here Tour” to the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeastern Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Opening acts are RaeLynn and Adam Craig.

Tickets are $42.50. For more information, contact the Show Me Center box office at 800-840-9227.

Swindell meticulously plans each high-energy performance to be action-packed and accompanied by thunderous audio and an awe-inspiring light show. He has been running with the throttle wide open for four years.

Despite having hundreds of concert dates under his belt, Swindell is thankful to still suffer from stage fright before each performance.

“I get anxious every time I go on stage,” he says. “My music means the world to me, so if I wasn't jumping around backstage getting amped up for the show, something would be wrong.”

Music was not the vocation of choice for Swindell.

Hailing from tiny Bronwood, Georgia, with a population around 300, he was a gifted athlete at Terrell County High School and displayed incredible versatility by playing football, basketball, golf, baseball, and running track.

Swindell would journey 180 miles toward the coast to attend college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where he majored in marketing and joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Seven years earlier, Luke Bryan had attended the same college and joined the same fraternity.

When Bryan came back to campus to perform a concert, Swindell attended the event and was intrigued enough to alter his future plans. He struck up a friendship with Bryan, left college in 2007, and spent three years on the road with Bryan, in charge of selling T-shirts.

During his time as a Bryan employee, he devised a plan that would allow him to enter the vastly expanding world of country music. He punched his ticket by learning to write songs that appealed to the contemporary country music fan.

Swindell's writing skills progressed quickly, and in 2010 he signed a publishing deal with prestigious Sony/ATV Music. His songwriting credits include “This is how we Roll” for Florida Georgia Line, “Get me Some of That” for Thomas Rhett and Bryan tunes “Beer In The Headlights” and “Roller Coaster.”

As each of his single releases dominated the charts early in his career, he was able to tour as an opening act for superstars like Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and close friend Bryan. As the hits continued, he started headlining his own shows.

Swindell was named New Artist of the Year in 2015 by the Academy of Country Music and his single “You Should be Here” has been played on radio and social media more than 1 billion times.

Opener Adam Craig is a TimMcGraw fan who grew up in the middle of the grunge music culture in Tenino, Washington. His goal is to help shift country music back to a more traditional sound, providing a cure for the bro-country hangover.

After playing college basketball for a year, Craig migrated to Nashville in 2004. He has established himself as a songwriter, inking tunes for Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch and Parmalee. Craig is signed to Stoney Brook Records and has released a self-titled, five-song EP.

Also opening is RaeLynn, who signed with Warner Bros. Nashville in 2016, and her new album, “Wildhorse,” debuted at No. 1 on the charts in March. It contains critically-acclaimed single “Love Triangle” and follow-up “Lonely Call.” Her biggest hit to date has been “God Made Girls” in 2014.

Season 2 of "The Voice" made RaeLynn a star in 2012. She successfully auditioned with a cover of “Hell on Heels” by The Pistol Annies, turning the chairs of Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. She picked Shelton as her coach and was eventually eliminated in the quarterfinals.

RaeLynn's television appearance earned her a record deal in 2012 with Republic Nashville. She provided background vocals on Shelton tunes “Boys Round Here” and “Buzzin',” written by Thompsonville native Kendell Marvel.

Marvel will be hosting a concert and album release party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion. Tickets are $20, and include a copy of Marvel's new “Lowdown & Lonesome” album, which was officially released Oct. 13. For every ticket sold, $10 will be donated to a local food pantry.

Opening acts for Marvel's show include Cache River and Sweettalker.

VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard@gmail.com.

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