Cole Risner has been writing songs since he was 13 years old and hasn’t been able to stop. In Cole’s short time on the Texas scene, he has already left his mark. Sharing the stage with Jack Ingram, Reckless Kelly, Hayes Carll, Radney Foster, American Aquarium, and Chris Knight just to name a few. Playing at legendary venues such as Gruene Hall, Cheatham Street Warehouse, The Granada Theater, Floore's Country Store, and the Larry Joe Taylor Music Fest. 

Cole was named the 2017 Larry Joe Taylor Songwriting Showcase winner. He has also been a two-time finalist in the Shiner Rising Star Competition, a semi-finalist in the Rusty Weir Competition, a top 20 finalist in the Wildflower Songwriting Contest, and placed 2nd in the Texas Star Competition. Cole recently has had two Top 40 singles: "Gun Barrell City" and "How It Feels To Me."

Cole is currently in the studio working on a new album scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2018. With a solid band and songwriting that is driven by catchy hooks and melodies, Cole has what it takes to remain on the scene for many years to come.

"When you listen to the flow of Cole's lyrics, you can detect a little Lyle.  Throw in a touch of Robert Earl Keen's wit, and you'll get a feel for where Risner's songwriting is rooted--right here in Texas!"-Gus Gustafson, Crossroads Music Company

“Cole’s songwriting ability sets him apart from his peers, with tunes that hit all the right chords musically and lyrically.”-Matt Meinke, Notably Texan 88.9 KETR

"A good songwriter can paint a picture that speaks directly to the soul of many people. Cole (Risner) has successfully done that with 'How It Feels to Me.' And he did it in a catchy, foot-tapping way. There are a lot of people who are going to whisper, 'he's singing about me in this song.' Cole shows once again how he can take a thought, moment or experience and turn it into a song that resonates with the masses."   -Drew Myers, Defining Audacity Radio

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