Is Staying Humble Cole Swindell’s Secret?

Forbes Q&A Reveals How Grateful He Is

Cole Swindell can pull off some full-blown country swagger when he needs to, like in his songs. But in interviews? He is about as humble as they come.

In a new Q&A with, Swindell sounds like he never takes one single minute of his nine years in Nashville for granted.

On discovering country music:
“I remember this song by Clay Walker that came out in the ’90s called ‘This Women and This Man’ and it was about breaking up, loss, the pain of moving on, and my parents were just getting divorced at the time, so I listened to it over and over again. And my mom must have just been like, ‘Please, Cole, turn that off!’”

On the importance of Reba:
“I’ll never forget Reba McEntire coming to town and a family friend took me to the show, and I went every year after that. Moments like that change you.”

On loving your living:
“Whether it’s a show or an interview, the way I look at it is that one day people might not want to interview me. So I want to enjoy this ride while I can. A lot of people ask me how do you do it, how do you travel all the time, but I look at most people and ask them how do you do what you do? When you find what you love and you find people that will support you, you’re living the dream whatever you do.”

On not stealing the show:
“Sometimes I get all the credit and it makes me feel bad because I’m not the only one out here sacrificing everything. There are people out here on the road with me with kids and families, and they’re out here busting their backs for me. But we’re all having fun and we know it’s a humbling experience to always dream about something and then be right in the middle of it.”

CMT on Tour Presents the Cole Swindell Down Home Tour kicks off Oct. 26 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.