Cole Swindell may still be considered a country newcomer, but he's taken off running like his behind's on fire. From opening for Jason Aldean to his upcoming shows with Kenny Chesney, this newbie is touring with the best and snagging both artist and songwriting hits along the way.

Swindell just had a big run — Aldean's most recent tour — but he'll manage to go even bigger when he teams with Chesney, who asked him out for eleven shows this summer. Of course, no newcomer could refuse an offer like that!

“I’m getting to do like 11 stadium shows with Kenny Chesney … seriously that’s bucket list," the "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" singer admits to Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex. "I keep saying that, but it is, ‘cause I can’t wait to tell him that my first song I ever played in college, not the first song I ever sang, but the first paying gig I ever had, the first song I sang was ‘Don’t Happen Twice’ so I can’t wait to tell him that story."

"I mean, I might just crash it one night," Swindell confesses on air. "Just run out there with a mic and see if I can sing it with him."

While we wouldn't mind seeing the pair duet on a song or two, we also can't wait to hear hits of Swindell's own, whether they be those he's penned or songs he's charted as an artist. He's doing both — and doing both so well — that he recently earned a difficult-to-accomplish triple play.

“Three No. 1s in 12 months as a songwriter," Swindell shares of his big achievement. "I was the only artist in that group and some of these people were winning their first triple play award are people I’ve looked up to, and I’m like, ‘What am I even doing in this category?’ It just shows you not only an artist career, my songwriting just as a whole, songwriting and artist just has been the best year ever.”

He adds, “That was a big deal and to move to Nashville to wanna write songs and to get recognized for that, you know, with all that with my artist career it’s good that everybody kind of notices everything that’s going on."

Sam Alex is the host of Taste of Country Nights radio, a syndicated night show which airs on more than 60 Townsquare Media Group stations nationwide.

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