Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” Takes On New Meaning After Vegas Attack

Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” Takes On New Meaning After Vegas Attack

Brennan Stewart, 30, was among the 58 people killed during the Las Vegas attack on Oct. 1.

Brennan, a Las Vegas native, loved country music according to his Facebook profile: “I really enjoy singing/songwriting! Music is my passion! If country music ever disappeared I feel like I would too. after a long day of work I go pick up the old Geetar and strum my stresses away! Or I just drink em away lol but ya I’m just your average blue jean, Copenhagen ring, worn out boots and a plain T kinda guy. nothin’ too fancy here.”

On his Facebook page, there are videos of Brennan covering a number of country songs, including Luke Combs’ “Hurricane,” Jason Aldean’s “A Little More Summertime” and Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here,” a song Cole co-penned about the death of his father.

The news of Brennan’s death reached Cole, who watched Brennan’s cover of “You Should Be Here,” which now has more than 200,000 views.

Cole posted a message and photo of Brennan on Instagram on Oct. 5: “This is Brennan Stewart.. HUGE country music fan. He was 1 of the 58 that never made it home Sunday night. I’ve seen his cover of “You Should Be Here” and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I will be thinking of him and the others who lost their lives every time I sing that song.. hope to connect with his family when I’m in Vegas in December. 🙏🏻”

Watch Brennan’s cover of “You Should Be Here” below.

photo by Jason Simanek

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