While it would be easy to dismiss this song as a pandering attempt at nostalgia, and it's certainly nostalgic, "She Had Me At Heads Carolina" is absolutely a brilliant song creation from Cole Swindell and his co-writers Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure to interpolate the original Jo Dee Messina classic written by Tim Nichols and Mark D. Sanders into something completely new.
“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 recent presser/interview. And he's right. While an iconic hit for the firebrand Messina, it isn't as if anyone was expecting that song to be the first one chosen to re-create into a love song which celebrates the familiarity of the songs we grew up on with the good vibes of a potential relationship.
Cole Swindell and his team have crafted a song that deserves a spotlight on radio and everywhere else when it's inevitably released to radio (which should be right after "Never Say Never" peaks) and it certainly feels like the song that will be the vessel from which Cole Swindell becomes the superstar he's always seemed destined to be.