Cole Swindell Blown Away As ‘She Had Me At Heads Carolina’ Hits No.1 After Just 12 Weeks

Cole Swindell’s latest single, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” is officially the No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 12, 2022


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Cole Swindell; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Cole Swindell’s latest single, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” is officially the No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after just 12 weeks, marking his fastest-rising single to date. 

On Monday afternoon (Sept. 12), upon hearing the exciting news, the country superstar shared his reaction to earning his 12th No. 1 hit.

Cole Swindell; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA
Cole Swindell; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA

“The reaction to this song has blown me away,” Swindell said. “From the minute I released it you all raised your hand in support of it, and it means the world to me. Getting to stand in front of you night after night hearing you sing it back is the best feeling in the world! So thankful for my team and everyone that makes these moments possible.”

In addition to topping the Billboard Country Airplay chart, the tune also hit No. 1 on Sirius XM’s The Highway Hot 30 Weekend Countdown last month. 

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Co-written by Swindell alongside Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Mark D. Sanders and Tim Nichols, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” finds Swindell tipping his hat to country hitmaker Jo Dee Messina as he reimagines her 1996 debut single, “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”

“Out of all the ‘90s country songs we all love, I don’t think anybody would have thought we would have picked that one, but I think that’s what makes it special,” Swindell explained during a recent interview.

Swindell previously shared his desire to work directly with Messina admitting, “I hope someday I get to sing it with her or do something. I want her to be involved because we wouldn’t have the song without the writers and without her making it what it is.”

Cole Swindell; Stereotype
Cole Swindell; Stereotype

“She Had Me At Heads Carolina” is the follow-up to Swindell’s two back-to-back, multi-week No. 1 hits, “Never Say Never,” a duet with Lainey Wilson, and “Single Saturday Night,” the debut single from his new album, Stereotype.

Last month, Swindell shared the music video for “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” which was filmed at a Downtown Nashville bar in Printer’s Alley. The clip features Jo Dee Messina and also pays homage to the songwriters of “Heads Carolina, Tails California” with an appearance by Tim Nichols and a photo of Mark D. Sanders is shown on the wall of the bar.

The chart-topping news comes just days after receiving two CMA Award nominations for “Never Say Never,” a duet featuring Lainey Wilson. Together, the pair received nods in the Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year categories.

The 56th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 9 at 8/7c on ABC.

Additionally, Cole Swindell will kick off his headlining Back Down To The Bar Tour with special guests Ashley Cooke and Dylan Marlowe. The trek already includes several sold-out shows, including his headlining debut at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on November 3, which prompted a second show to be added on November 2.

For tour dates and to purchase tickets go to

Cole Swindell’s Back Down To The Bar Tour

Sept 23 // Helotes, TX // Floores Country Store

Sept 24 // Fort. Worth, TX // Billy Bob’s Texas

Sept 30 // Round Rock, TX // Round Rock Amphitheatre

Oct. 1 // Tulsa, OK // Cain’s Ballroom

Oct. 6 // Grand Junction, CO // Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park

Oct. 7 // Prescott Valley, AZ // Findlay Toyota Center

Oct. 11 // Statesboro, GA // The Blue Room – SOLD OUT

Oct. 12 // Athens, GA // Georgia Theatre – SOLD OUT

Oct. 13 // Birmingham, AL // Avondale Brewing Company

Oct. 14 // Owensboro, KY // Owensboro Sports Center

Oct. 15 // Charlotte, NC // Coyote Joe’s

Oct. 20 // Erie, PA // Warner Theater

Oct. 21 // Boston, MA // House of Blues | Coreyfest     

Oct. 22 // Huntington, NY // The Paramount

Nov. 2 // Nashville, TN // Ryman Auditorium 

Nov. 3 // Nashville, TN // Ryman Auditorium – SOLD OUT

Nov. 4 // *Biloxi, MS // Beau Rivage Resort & Casino-Beau Rivage Theatre

Nov. 5 // Fayeteville, AR // JJ’s Live

Nov. 11 // **Verona, NY // Turning Stone Resort Casino

Nov. 12 // Johnstown, PA // Cambria County War Memorial     

Nov. 17 // Saint Augustine, FL // The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

Nov. 18 // Orlando, FL // Hard Rock Live Orlando

Nov. 19 // Pompano Beach, FL // Pompano Beach Amphitheater

*Ashley Cooke only

**Dylan Marlowe playing the after party at Tin Rooster on the Casino grounds

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.