Throughout the growth of his country music career, Cole Swindell has always set his sights on the success that Dierks Bentley has reached. As a self-proclaimed fan of Bentley, Swindell has always admired the way Bentley handles his music and his life and hopes that he can do the same.
Before making it big with hits on the radio and heading out on the road with huge stars in the genre, Swindell was just an average college kid just trying to make a break into music by playing bar shows as much as he could. His go-to for his setlists whenever he got the opportunity to perform always included a little bit of Bentley’s catalogue, even the songs that only devoted fans would have ever heard.
“I think he’s tired of hearing that, because Dierks…I’ll never forget from his first album on, ever since ‘What Was I Thinkin’’ came out, every song and every album, it wasn’t just the singles. I was covering songs in college that never saw the radio, just every song on his album because I just loved his music that much,” Swindell said at a recent No. 1 party for his hit, “You Should Be Here.”
Like many others in the Nashville community though, Swindell also attributes Bentley to being somewhat of a role model for always keeping it real despite all the fame he’s earned. Swindell looks up to Bentley in a moral sense because he knows that at the end of the day, Bentley is just another good person inside and out.
“For somebody to influence me that much and want to write songs and make people feel the way he made me felt when I listened to his music, it was amazing to finally get to meet him and realize he’s just as good of a guy as he is an artist and a songwriter,” Swindell explained to Sounds Like Nashville and other media in attendance. “People like that are what we can look up to and learn from because he’s been around a lot longer than I have and he has one of the best reputations I’ve ever heard of in this town and that’s because he’s a good guy too. The fact that we get to tour together…hopefully one day, I’m gonna be headlining but this is how I wanna go out if I’m headlining any time soon. Dierks Bentley is one of my favorites.”
Swindell will be joining Bentley and Jon Pardi out on the road at the beginning of next year for the 2017 What the Hell Tour. Fans can find more details or purchase tickets through Swindell’s website.