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When two incredible singers share their stories of loss, songwriting magic happens. Windy City Smokeout 2019 headliners Chris Young (Friday, July 12) and Cole Swindell (Sunday, July 14) just released new music that is resonating with fans and non-fans alike.
Cole Swindell has written many songs about the loss of his father (who passed a few weeks after Cole signed his record deal), but this one strikes a new chord. Dad’s Old Number is about a subtle moment: in this case, it’s wanting to make a phone call to a loved one before being reminded they are gone.
Cole performed the song live for the first time at Joe’s Live in Rosemont and told PEOPLE.COM “The raw emotion of performing this song live in front of my fans at Joe’s was pretty overwhelming and a moment I won’t ever forget.” He continued “ If you’ve ever lost someone you love…you know what it’s like to have their number right there in your phone and just wish you could call it through the good times and the bad times because they were the ones that were always there for you.”
“Sure I’ve got some friends I can call and they’re always there if I need to talk but good as they are it ain’t there fault sometimes I just need him…and sometimes I forget these ten digits ain’t my lifeline anymore…”
Like the first time we heard You Should Be Here, Dad’s Old Number makes you sit with your feelings and sing out the struggles right along with him. Listen to the song (recorded at Joe’s Live) here.
Friday headliner Chris Young releases Drowning, the second single off his upcoming album. Written with Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge, the song is about losing someone too soon. Chris tweeted “…For me it was one of my best friends, Adam…This one is for you, brother.”
Drowning takes us on a very different journey compared to songs we’re used to hearing from Chris like Raised on Country or Think Of You. We welcome this emotional side of the musician with open arms and a box of tissues.
“It ain’t the same here without you. I got to say missing you comes in waves and tonight I’m drowning… I know it’s a part of life, but I wasn’t ready to say goodbye…Tonight I’m drowning.”
The song, while beautifully cathartic for fans, also proves to be just as difficult to perform. In an interview with PopCulture.com Chris said “…I’ve been fine every single time that I’ve sung it, until that night [at the Grand Ole Opry]. I just came apart as I got to the second verse. I was like, ‘Oh man. I’m gonna cry.’ And I did. And so I turned around to reset, and then everybody stood up and started clapping.” Watch here to see the video.
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