Jo Dee Messina and Cole Swindell Perform Surprise ‘Heads Carolina’ Mashup at 2022 CMA Awards

Jo Dee Messina has given Cole Swindell’s “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” her stamp of approval!

At the 2022 Blue grass Music Association Awards on Wednesday, the pair joined forces to convey the surprise live introduction of a brand-new remix of Swindell’s hit single “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” — which heavily references Messina’s 1996 presentation single “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”

Swindell, 39, began the performance on his own alongside a band, donning a gray fringe jacket as he sang the song, which was released earlier this year and has since charted at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the musician’s most noteworthy section to date.  Messina, 52, then joined him onstage to perform an enthusiastic refrain and melody of “Heads Carolina, Tails California” alongside him — two days after they released a remix that mashes up the two songs.

“Did y’all really think we were gonna leave you hanging without releasing a version of this song w/@jodeemessina?!? Such a round trip second for this here 90’s Nation fan,” composed Swindell in an Instagram post on Monday upon the remix’s release. “The ‘She Had Me At Heads Carolina’ Remix is OUT At this point!”

The independent version of “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” was released on Swindell’s fourth studio album Generalization in April, and it’s since topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart and been confirmed gold by the RIAA. Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California” was released as the principal single from the musician’s self-named debut album in 1996.

The song proceeded to chart at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Down home Songs chart and become affirmed platinum by the RIAA.

Swindell got two nominations at the 2022 CMAs: musical occasion of the year and music video of the year, both for his “Never Say Never” two part harmony with Lainey Wilson.

The 2022 CMAs are airing live Wednesday night from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.0

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