Since storming onto the country landscape in 2016 with his breakout No. 1 single, “Hurricane,” Luke Combs has embarked on a frenetic schedule.
In addition to supporting Brantley Gilbert and Darius Rucker on their tours, the North Carolina native headlined his own 55-city Don’t Temp Me With a Good Time Tour in late 2017/early 2018, while his sophomore single, “When It Rains It Pours,” climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. In between, he’s netted nominations at the ACM Awards, CMA Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
Luke’s third single, “One Number Away,” cracked the Top 10 this week, just as he caps his headlining gig and gears up to join Jason Aldean’s 34-city High Noon Neon Tour, which kicks off on May 10 and runs through September 29.
There’s no rest for the weary, but, according to Luke, he’s living the dream.
“You know, there’s so many different things that you don’t think are gonna be a part of this job that are part of this job, and they’re so many people who would love to be doing them,” says Luke. “So, my advice to anybody if you could get in this position is to try to keep your head up even when it gets busy. You’re gonna be busy, man, and you’re gonna be tired all the time, but that part of the gig—that’s the dream.”
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of his No. 1 debut album, This One’s for You, Luke will release a deluxe edition on June 1.
This One’s for You Too will feature 17 tracks, including the 12 originals from his debut album and five news songs: “Must’ve Never Met You,” “Houston, We Got a Problem,” “Beautiful Crazy,” “A Long Way” and “She Got the Best of Me.”
“As a songwriter, I’m always writing and adding new songs to our set lists,” says Luke. “Some songs I haven’t released have even become staples in our shows because the fans request them. As we’re working on the next record, the deluxe gives me the chance to say thank you to the fans for supporting my debut album and share with them some of the new music they’ve fallen in love with on the road with us.”
photo by Jason Simanek