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Cole Swindell – Down Home Sessions IV – Review

In 2014, Georgian country singer/songwriter Cole Swindell released his first installment of the Down Home Sessions and has released an installment every year since with 2017 being his fourth (Down Home Sessions IV)

With an already successful career as a songwriter – penning tracks for the likes of buddy Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Scotty McCreery and Chris Young to name a few, Cole has also gained success as an artist.

Within the Down Home Sessions, Cole has recorded tracks previously cut by some of the above artists but instead of the artists who recorded the songs Cole will be singing the tracks.

I for one always love to hear a hit song sung by the songwriter and with Cole being the established singer he is, this is even more of a treat.

Amongst the five tracks, Cole provides his version of Thomas Rhett’s fourth single Get Me Some Of That from his debut album It Goes Like This which Swindell co wrote with Thomas’ father Rhett Akins and Michael Carter. Swindell’s original vision of the song doesn’t differ much from Rhett’s version other than vocally but it is a great version and well worth hearing.

Another stand out track for me is his original version of Florida Georgia Line’s This Is How We Roll purely because Florida Georgia Line’s sound is so distinctive. I think I actually prefer Cole’s version as is more laid back and not so loud or commerical. I do like FGL’s version but Cole just brings a new vibe and a fresh view to it which in my opinion is more tolerable.

Other songs on the EP include Swindell’s version of Craig Campbell’s Outta My Head which he co wrote with Michael Carter and Brandon Kinney, Roller Coaster from Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party album written with Michael Carter and Beer In The Headlights another track off Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party written with Michael Carter and Brandon Kinney.

Cole also recently celebrated a huge milestone – 7 consecutive #1 singles making him the only solo country artist in the history of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the charts with first seven singles. He also has ten No. 1 singles as a songwriter to his name.

Purchase or stream Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions IV here 

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