Cole Swindell Shoots Tea Instead of Whiskey

He Takes CMT to the Set of “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey”

Cole Swindell has scored yet another hit single with “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” a track from his self-titled debut album.

“‘Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,’ it was tough choice picking the third (single), but we just felt like this one was a side we haven’t shown of me,” he told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “And there’s so many people that can relate to this that are moving on or got a broken heart, and it’s cool to know that.

“To me, I fell in love with ‘90s country music, and it sounds like one of those. Somebody told me it could have been a ‘90s country ballad, and I love that. … It’s one of my favorite songs on the album.”

The singer-songwriter recruited several of his real-life buddies for the music video shoot, though he also put on his acting cap for the project.

“I actually have a tea buzz. I’ve drank more tea than I ever did growing up in Georgia,” he joked about the video’s props. “They’re feeding us tea instead of whiskey, and I got water instead of beer. I’ve gotta be able to perform and sing and do all that. But some of my buddies, we might slip them a beer or two ‘cause they’re not used to this.

“A lot of my friends from all over get a chance to be in the video, especially one of my close college buddies, Kyle Davis,” Swindell added. “He’s in the special forces, and he’s got some of his team here that are gonna be in the video, and it’s just a cool thing.”

When it comes to raising a glass, the Georgia native says there’s no better toast than saluting the U.S. military and his loyal fans — which he’s been doing a lot on tour with Jason Aldean.

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