Cole Swindell Stumbles Through Heartbreak In New Party Anthem, ‘Drinkaby’

“I’m not sure if there is such thing as a fun breakup song but that’s kind of what this is,” Swindell explains.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 27, 2023

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Cole Swindell; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA

Cole Swindell has unleashed the ultimate breakup anthem with his new single, “Drinkaby.”

Penned by Jon Pardi, Jordan Schmidt, HARDY, and Hunter Phelps, the upbeat track signals a need for a wild night out in an effort to drown every ouch of sorrow from a broken heart. Swindell takes on the role of someone who’s “Sadder than a steel in a country song” and looking to drink until he’s passed out.

Cole Swindell – Drinkaby

“Hush little cowboy, don’t you cry / Bartender’s got you some whiskey on ice / And if that whiskey ain’t a big enough pour / Drink another and another ’til you lay down on the floor / Come on / This is my drinkaby,” he sings in the final verse, concluding the countrified take on a nursery rhyme. 

“’Drinkaby’, from the first time I heard it I pictured it being a huge show opener,” Swindell shared in a press release. “The guitar lick in the intro just grabs you and doesn’t let you go. I’m not sure if there is such thing as a fun breakup song but that’s kind of what this is. Glad it’s finally out and can’t wait to get out there and play it live.”


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Deluxe Album

The single is set to impact radio on Monday, January 30, and will be featured as one of the three new songs on the multi-Platinum selling superstar’s upcoming deluxe album Stereotype Broken, available on April 28.

“My 4th studio album has done so much for us this past year. I felt we had a few more songs that deserved to be part of the project and I can’t wait for y’all to hear them,” he wrote, announcing the expanded project on social media. 

“Drinkaby,” follows on the heels of Swindell’s three Platinum-certified, multi-week No. 1 singles from his fourth album Stereotype – “Never Say Never” featuring Lainey Wilson, “Single Saturday Night” and, most recently, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” which remained in the Top 5 for 23 consecutive weeks.

Last year, Swindell also released a special duet remix of his smash, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” featuring the original creator, Jo Dee Messina. Co-written by Swindell alongside Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Mark D. Sanders and Tim Nichols, the song finds Swindell tipping his hat to Messina as he reimagines her 1996 debut single, “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”

The two artists got the chance to share the stage for a surprise performance of the upbeat track during the 2022 CMA Awards. 

The song has since become a fan favorite among Swindell’s listeners. For some, it served as a reintroduction to the song and for others, it was a new taste of nostalgia. 

“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 to media outlets during a previous interview.

2023 Tour

In 2022, Swindell brought this song and many more from his impressive catalog to his two sold-out headlining tours, Down To The Bar Tour and Back Down To The Bar Tour. This summer, he will join fellow country star, Thomas Rhett, for his Home Team Tour 23, which kicks off May 4 in Des Moines, IA. 

Cole Swindell’s next performance is scheduled for February 21 in San Antonio, TX. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.