Photo by Robbie Klein

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | July 18, 2021

Country singer Cole Swindell is excited to see concert dates on his schedule — especially Arizona, where he performs and golfs.

“I’ve always loved playing out there,” Swindell says. “I come out for a show and sneak in some golf. Music and sports are things I really enjoy.”

A Georgia native who’s lived in Nashville for 13 years, Swindell is a fan of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Southern, which he attended.

As for golf, he’s the brand ambassador for Diamond Resorts International and played in the recent LPGA Tournament of Champions golf tournament.

Sports helped Swindell get through the pandemic, just like new music. He appears on newbie Shy Carter’s new song “Beer with My Friends.” The Grammy-nominated artist saw his track “Single Saturday Night” take off.

“We released it last summer, and it’s finally trying to catch on,” Swindell says. “I couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s been weird not being able to play our latest single for the crowd.”

“Single Saturday Night” went to No. 7 on the all-genre iTunes chart during its first week of release, even without country radio airplay. Written by Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy and Mark Holman, “Single Saturday Night” was added to country radio on June 29.

He’ll have a chance to play the song soon when he hits the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino stage in Maricopa at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Afterward, he jumps on Thomas Rhett’s tour. In between rehearsals and the COVID-19 pandemic, Swindell has been working on his fourth album. Swindell may play some of the new songs on these tours.

“When I’m making an album, for me, the best song wins,” says Swindell, who partnered with Sugarlands Distilling Company for two flavors of moonshine, pre-show punch and peppermint moonshine. “I have a variety of everything.

“The more I get to make music, the more I try to grow as an artist. I have songs like ‘Single Saturday Night.’ I have several that break your heart. I love the fun stuff, but I’ve lived through the other stuff as well.”

Those songs served him well, both professionally and personally. Growing up, the music of Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McIntyre and Brooks and Dunn helped him through victories and defeats.

“The radio and the artists I grew up listening to were always there to be,” he says. “To be on the other side — write songs to help people have a good time or through a bad time — is amazing.”

Cole Swindell

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 31

WHERE: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa

COST: $54.50

INFO: 480-802-5000,