Luke is easily one of the biggest stars in country music and we’re not talking about Luke Bryan. Luke Combs, ladies and gentlemen, has become one of the fastest rising artists in country music and seeing his growth in just a few years has been nothing short of beautiful crazy- pun intended. He is dominating it in the country music world and we’re loving it.
Back in 2016, we had the opportunity to chat with Luke backstage at Mohegan Sun when he was opening for Brantley Gilbert. This was before his smash debut single, ‘Hurricane,’ even touched the charts. And since then, Luke’s career and place in country music has truly skyrocketed.
His debut album, ‘This One’s For You,’ hit the top of the country albums charts. It’s also been certified Double Platinum by the RIAA and the success led to him even releasing a deluxe version. His first 5 singles released from that album have all been Number Ones. And all of them have been certified at least Platinum with ‘Beautiful Crazy’ being 2x Platinum and ‘Hurricane’ and ‘When It Rains It Pours’ being 3x Platinum. His latest single, ‘Beautiful Crazy,’ has been sitting at the top of the charts for the last 6 weeks- an unbelievable run!
Luke also has a couple awards already under his belt. He won the iHeartRadio Music Award for New Country Artist of the Year and the CMA for New Artist of the Year in 2018. A few weeks ago, he took home the iHeartRadio Music Award as Country Artist of the Year, beating out Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. He has also already announced as an ACM Award winner for New Male Artist of the Year. He is also nominated for the Male Artist of the Year this weekend, which we wouldn’t be surprised if he won.
And the dude is absolutely killing it on the road. Sold out show after sold out show. His tickets do not last. Tickets for his show at Mohegan Sun later this year sold out this morning in minutes. And he’s not just playing small venues that are easy sell outs. We’re talking about arenas of 10,000+, that’s no small feat. Especially for an artist who is considered as ‘new’ by the major award voting houses.
Luke is an absolute rockstar. He puts out great music. He puts on a great show. And fans recognize it. He’s the hottest name in country music and the hottest ticket in town!
So going back to our interview in 2016, where Luke told us…
“It’s been great, the live shows have been awesome and to me that’s what is most important, going out and being able to deliver a good live show is so important, and I think that the more we play, the more the people hear the music, the more requests we get, the more singing we see in the audience is just super cool to see.”
Yeah, it’s been pretty damn cool to see.
Luke has 2 shows in New England this year, 1 in Gilford, NH in June and another in Uncasville, CT in the fall. Both are SOLD OUT!
In case you haven’t seen, we’re giving away 2 tickets to his SOLD OUT show in New Hampshire PLUS 2 passes to go backstage and MEET Luke before the show at out ACM Awards Party this Sunday night! Tickets for the party can be purchased here.
Summer 2018 officially started on Saturday May 26th with the first country concert of the season at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Jason Aldean kicked it all off off with his High Noon Neon Tour, featuring openers Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs. The energetic DeeJay Silver kept the tunes pumping in between sets. It was a beautifully warm night, just perfect for the outdoor venue.
The crowd gathered early and waited with beer in hand for the show to begin. As the sun began to fade, the heat of the day was replaced with a soft, cool breeze. Promptly at 7:35, Lauren Alaina took the stage and belted out an oldie but goodie, ‘Georgia Peaches.’ It was released back in October of 2011 as the second single from her debut album ‘Wildflower.’ She really got the crowd going as she rocked out, flipping her hair back and forth, to her second song of the night, a cover of the Guns N Roses classic, ‘Paradise City.’ Now that the crowd was warmed up, she invited a special guest to join her on stage and dance with her to ‘Next Boyfriend.’ She asked the audience: “So who wants to see what he’s got?” The special guest and showed off some stellar moves up there, including the whip/nae nae! It was a fun performance! Alaina next asked the audience: “Who has a crazy family?” She described her own family situation, mentioning how her dad was a heavy drinker and this past October 6th was his 5th year anniversary of being sober. She really made herself vulnerable and talked about her parents divorce. This all led up to her performing her hit, ‘Doing Fine.’ She was really engaged with the audience during this song, reaching out to shake hands and even giving a few far reaching hugs! After physically connecting with people in the pit, Alaina went on to talk about the travelling that she’s been doing for the last seven years. “I missed my nephew’s birthday parties, I missed going to church on Sundays. There was a time that I thought this wasn’t going to happen.” She proudly introduced her next song ‘Three.’ Showcasing her talents as a true musician, Alaina played the piano for the beginning portion. Though Kane Brown, her middle school chorus classmate, wasn’t there to join in, she played their hit song ‘What Ifs.’ After, she thanked the audience for their support over the years, then mentioned that “I got second place on American Idol back when I was only fifteen years old,” and spoke about “how people are not always nice.” “I had an eating disorder for six years.” It was during this time in her life that she wrote ‘Road Less Traveled’ and she decided to conclude her portion of the show with this one. But just before it began, she said “A little girl’s daddy wrote me a note asking if his daughter can come up on stage with me. I don’t normally do this…” She then invited an adorable young guest out with her to conclude the set. The crowd had their cellphone flashlights on, swaying to the music. Lauren Alaina really engaged the crowd and we were all ready for Luke Combs to take the stage!
During the set change, Dee Jay Silver kept the crowd up on their feet with country jams like Sam Hunt’s ‘Body Like a Back Road’ and Luke Bryan’s ‘Country Girl’ mixed with other classic and contemporary pop hits.
Luke Combs walked out on the stage with an iconic red solo cup in hand. He asked the crowd: “How you guys doin’ on this Memorial Day weekend?” And opened his set with ‘Beer Never Broke My Heart.’ He geared up for song number two by saying: “I started this seven years ago. I never imagined I’d be opening for Jason Aldean. This is one of the first songs I wrote back in North Carolina.” – ‘She Got The Best of Me.’ He then played ‘Don’t Tempt Me With a Good Time.’ Offering a little advice, Combs said: “You only got one shot. If you want to do something, Do it! A lot of people told me I have to grow up and get a real job.” Introducing his next song, Combs explained: “We’ve been on the road for four years. That’s how I came up with the idea for this next song.” – ‘Honky Tonk Highway.’ He ended this tune with a bit of ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie,’ a real crowd pleaser. Addressing the audience once again, Combs questioned: “How many of you have broken up with somebody and it ended up being the best thing that ever happened to you? Me too! That’s what this next song is about.” He played his hit ‘When It Rains It Pours’ and the crowd loved every moment! Singing, dancing, and drinking it all up! The electric guitarist jammed along with his American flag/red, white, and blue painted guitar! He continued with ‘Beautiful Crazy.’ Then mentioned: “North Carolina is my home state. Anybody here in Mansfield know anything about country music?” He then played a classic country medley of ‘Take it Easy/Should’ve Been a Cowboy/Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.’ Combs also performed, ‘One Number Away,’ the third single from his debut studio album, ‘This One’s for You.’ With his signature black Gibson in hand, he rocked out to ‘Can I Get an Outlaw.’ Addressing the audience one last time, Combs said: “I have one more song for you guys. This is the song that changed my life.” Then he sang ‘Hurricane.’ Everyone was singing along. Before the lights went out, he threw his guitar pics into the crowd!
Dee Jay Silver took over again as the stage was being prepped for Jason Aldean. He played foot-tapping, crowd clapping songs such as: Big & Rich’s ‘Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),’ Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ Sam Hunt’s ‘House Party,’ Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline,’ Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer.’
Next up was the man of the night, Jason Aldean! The lights came on and his opening song was fittingly titled ‘Getting’ Warmed Up.’ Wearing his cowboy hat and ripped jeans, he shook hands with those lucky fans that were in the pit section! Addressing the audience, Aldean said: “Boston!!! Welcome out to The High Noon Neon Tour. Before we do anything else, I’d like y’all to do me a favor and make some noise for some friends of mine – Dee Jay Silver, Lauren Alaina, and Mr. Luke Combs. I don’t think it’s any big secret that we love playing here in Boston. We’ve had a chance to play at Fenway Park four times already. We played Gillette. This is always one of my favorite places to come. You guys are always great to us. Thank you for being here tonight. I don’t know if you guys know this but we had an album come out about a month and a half ago! The way this is gonna work tonight is we’re gonna play songs from my new album and we’re gonna go all the way back to 2005 off our very first album. And pretty much play some songs from all the albums in between. So all I’m saying is it’s gonna be a long night, it’s gonna be a good time – So saddle up!” With the crowd energized, he went right into singing ‘Take a Little Ride’ and ‘They Don’t Know.’ Cooling things down a little bit, he sang ‘A Little More Summertime.’ The gigantic screen in the background above Aldean aired a slideshow of summer: pictures of people at the beach, surfing, enjoying the warmth. Continuing with the slower songs, Aldean played ‘Any Ol Barstool.’ He said: “Alright Boston, Put your hands together!” The crowd was pumped to hear his classic hits ‘Crazy Town,’ ‘Tattoos on this Town,’ ‘Night Train,’ ‘Amarillo Sky,’ and ‘The Truth.’ He went on to say: “It just so happens that we had a brand new single come out to country radio a couple weeks ago. And we recorded the album and I reached out to a friend of mine by the name of Miranda Lambert to come in and sing with us. You guys ain’t gonna believe this!!! Guess What? She is not here tonight, sorry! My bad!” As the crowd roared with laughter and maybe a tad bit of disappointment, he sang his latest single ‘Drown The Whiskey.’
Slowing things down again he played the classic ‘Fly Over States.’ Then cranked things up with ‘Lights Come On.’ He next said: “This is one of my favorite songs from my new album and title track,” and played ‘Rearview Town.’ The crowd put their hands together to ‘When She Says Baby.’ Aldean toasted the crowd by saying: “Well we’re kinda celebrating a little bit tonight. And I know people in Boston like to drink and I hate to see people drinking alone so what I’m saying is that I’m about to start drinking with you guys if that’s alright. I do want to say a toast to you guys- First of all thank you so much Boston for always welcoming this kid from Georgia to come up here and play for you guys! Number two, this year we just had a big song on country radio thanks to you guys this thing spent two weeks at number one. And I’m pretty sure it’s become the wedding song of the year. People getting married to this thing, people making babies to this thing. There are gonna be some babies made tonight when you guys get home form the show. All I gotta say to that is you’re welcome! But seriously, here’s to you Boston, we love you. Thank you for having us!” Then he played his hit ‘You make it Easy.’ After saying: “I had a feeling you guys came here to party tonight,” Aldean kept the party going strong by playing “The Only Way I Know,’ ‘Dirt Road Anthem’, ‘Big Green Tractor,’ ‘My Kinda Party,’ and ‘She’s Country.’ He ended the night with ‘Burning it Down’ and ‘Hick Town.’ The energy level was through the roof and the crowd just didn’t want the show to end! It was an epic performance! Memorial Day weekend was off to a great start for the concertgoers. This show certainly set the bar high for the country concert season. Cheers to summer 2018!
With the release of ‘Beautiful Crazy,’ we got the first taste of the new recordings to be featured on Luke Comb’s upcoming deluxe album. The follow up to his Gold-certified debut album, ‘This One’s For You Too’ is slated to be released on June 1st. It will include the 12 original tracks from ‘This One’s For You,’ ‘Beautiful Crazy,’ and 4 other previously-unreleased songs. Familiar to any fan of Luke Combs, ‘Beautiful Crazy’ became a staple in his live shows after a video of an acoustic performance was posted to Facebook in 2016. With over 3 million views, it was clear that fans connected to this song. Combs can be quoted saying, “Give the people what they want. This is the song they want,” in the video released of him recording ‘Beautiful Crazy.’ With such a following, it is not a surprise the fan favorite song hit number one on the iTunes All Genre Songs Chart immediately after its release.
‘Beautiful Crazy’ is the kind of love song country fans eat up and it is easy to understand why. The love displayed appears to be genuine and sweet as Combs mentions many things that could be considered flaws as the reasons he loves this girl. He sings, Takes forever getting ready, so she’s never on time for anything and She makes plans for the weekend, can’t wait to go out, Till she changes her mind. The character development of his love interest is specific enough to be believable, but is something that most people can relate to. It speaks to the core of what love is about, finding someone who believes our particular kind of crazy is beautiful.
The reigning iHeartRadio Music Awards BestNewCountryArtist does not hold back when performing this song. The soulful love ballad perfectly showcases Combs’ vocal talent as the passion in his voice pushes the song to another level. Songwriters Luke Combs, Rob Williford and Wyatt Durrette crafted ‘Beautiful Crazy’s lyrics to complement this vocal intensity. Lines, How I’m such a fool, yeah I’m such a fool for her and Well it kinda scares me the way that she drives me wild, create a sense of vulnerability and authenticity directing the song’s focus to Luke’s loving feelings.
‘Beautiful Crazy’s slow melody and catchy lyrics captivate listeners. The song has a way of infiltrating your core, instantly you are humming or singing along. The catchy chorus, Beautiful, crazy, she can’t help but amaze me, The way that she dances, ain’t afraid to take chances, And wears her heart on her sleeve, Yeah, she’s crazy but her crazy’s beautiful to me, only adds to this sensation. At live shows, this is the song that will make you take out your cell phone light and sway back and forth. If you are looking to do just that, Luke Combs will be joining Jason Aldean on the road this summer for the High Noon NeonTour. Scheduled New England dates include May 25th in Hartford CT at The XFINITY Theatre, May 26th in Mansfield MA at The XFINITY Center, and May 27th in Bangor ME at Darling’s Waterfront Pavillion.
Favorite Lyrics:Well it kinda scares me the way that she drives me wild, but she drives me wild.
Luke Combs came onto the country music scene not necessarily like a hurricane but left an impression on us all with the release of his first single of that name. Rightfully so, Combs earned himself a spot on a lot of people’s ‘Must Watch’ or ‘Up and Coming Artists’ lists for 2017 and even a CMT nomination for Breakthrough Artist of 2017. Proving himself with two #1 hits, ‘Hurricane’ and ‘When It Rains it Pours,’ he has turned a lot of spectators into fans. And although he made it big this past year, a personal favorite of mine is his 2016 single, ‘She Got The Best of Me.’
Just as he did with ‘She Got the Best of Me’ and ‘Hurricane,’ Combs wins us over time-and-time again as he reminisces over an old love interest. ‘One Number Away,’ written by Combs, Sammy Mitchell, Steven Andre Battey, and Robert Williford, does exactly that! With his third single off his debut album, ‘This One’s for You,’ gets you thinking about an ex, wondering what they are doing and if they are thinking of you too.
We have all had a time or two where we find ourselves thinking about calling that one person we maybe, shouldn’t be calling. The slow intro and each strum of the guitar reels you in creating that feeling of heaviness and gloom that thinking about your ex sometimes leaves you with. You wonder how they are but then the hook picks up. The recently released music video displays that rainy day feeling these cords depict so well.
‘One Number Away’ is a song you want to see live. And while he is rounding out his own headlining tour Don’t Tempt Me With a Good Time, he will be joining Jason Aldean on his High Noon Neon tour coming to New England the last weekend of May. You can check all additional dates here!
Favorite Lyrics:We don’t have to talk, I just wanna hear your voice…