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The Showdown: Cole Swindell vs. Dierks Bentley

cole swindell you should be here, dierks bentley somewhere on a beach
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It’s another big win for Cole Swindell, who has just defeated Tim McGraw in the Showdown with his new song “You Should Be Here.” He will face a new challenge from Dierks Bentley today and over the weekend.

“You Should Be Here,” is a powerful ballad dedicated to the memory of his late father. It’s been a huge impact song for the singer already, and is drawing fans out to vote in strong numbers.

Bentley’s new song could not be more different. “Somewhere on a Beach” is the lead single from his forthcoming album, Black, and it’s a post-breakup song about dealing with a broken relationship by venturing to an exotic locale and hooking up with someone new. The song centers around a modern, jangly electric guitar, and is the next logical step for Bentley after the success of “Drunk on a Plane.”

Two very different songs, but only one can move on to another Showdown.

Listen to clips of both Swindell and Bentley’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Monday at 8AM ET, so come back and vote often to be sure your artist wins. The winner of this matchup will face a new challenger on Monday.

Listen to Cole Swindell, “You Should Be Here”

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Listen to Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere on a Beach”

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Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online. If a song wins five Showdowns in a row, it will be retired into the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.

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