Interview: Cole Swindell talks new music, merch guys and more (Watch)

"These people paid their hard-earned money to come out and have a good time," Cole Swindell tells AXS. "And it's up to me and my band to show them a good time." That's a bit of what's going through the country star's head before he hits the stage for dates on his 2018 Reason to Drink headlining tour. 

Going from Luke Bryan's merch guy to an in-demand songwriter to, now, a chart-topping, arena-sized headliner, Swindell knows a thing or two about the country music business. AXS caught up with Swindell at one of his recent dates to discuss pre-show jitters, writing hits for his peers and gearing up for album three. Check it out above.