Image Courtesy CMACole Swindell got the news about his New Artist of the Year nomination at this year’s CMA Awards just after he stepped out of the shower. His manager was blowing up his phone via text and phone calls telling him to call her back immediately.

“I thought something was wrong,” Cole recalls.

When Cole got in touch with his manager and found out about the big news, he ran out on his back porch in nothing but a towel.

Cole recalls, “I look over and my good-looking neighbor’s in there in the backyard and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I had to go get dressed and apologize to her for that, but I couldn’t help it. That’s just me, man. I was so excited.”

Cole is thankful to the CMA voters for recognizing all his hard work this year. The only thing that would make Wednesday night’s CMA Awards sweeter would be having his mother with him as his date.

Cole explains, “She’s having back surgery in the first of December,  and we’re gonna get her back better. ‘Cause these are the kinds of things I want her to be — she’s about all I got left family-wise besides some brothers and a grandmother.”

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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