While the majority of Nashville was hunkered down in a storm bunker Thursday night (Feb. 20), riding out some seriously ominous weather, country music’s newest “it” boy was taking the stage at Exit/In to put on one heck of a show for fans who’d been waiting in line all afternoon to hear their new favorite.
And he did not disappoint.
During his show, sponsored by Sirius/XM’s the Highway, Swindell performed a high-energy set of familiar songs like “Get Me Some of That,” which he co-wrote for fellow artist Thomas Rhett , along with few covers from his major influences, like Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” and Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin’.”
Of course, the highlight of the evening was hearing a handful of original songs from his self-titled debut album released earlier this week.
And even though the album is new, that didn’t stop fans from singing along to every single line of tunes like “Swayin’,” “Dozen Roses and a Six-Pack,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” (his next single which was co-written with Florida Georgia Line) and the one that started it all — his breakout smash, “Chillin’ It.”
And as if the songs aren’t enough to keep you thoroughly entertained, Swindell’s charming personality certainly will. One of the most endearing things about Swindell is his down-home boyish charm and wit, which shines onstage almost as brilliantly as his mega-watt grin.
He’s talented. He’s charismatic. He’s lovable. And, judging by the reception he received Thursday, he’s here to stay. I mean, not even a tornado could keep him and his fans down.
Swindell is opening shows Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night tour which rolls into Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Friday (Feb. 21).