Country music’s next big thing has officially arrived.
It’s a pretty rare occurrence that you hear an artist who truly makes you feel something. A voice that takes hold of your heart and doesn’t let go. That is what country music legends do, and that is what Luke Combs is doing. You hear the passion and soul in his voice and the lyrics resonate with you. He’s got his love songs, his songs about loss and longing and of course his beer drinking party starter songs. This man started from scratch and is working his way up. The right way. Everything he is getting is because of the work he and his team have put into this dream. And his dreams are becoming reality. He’s striking while the iron is hot and things are about to go full throttle for him.
Combs’ debut full length album This One’s For You is the perfect collection of songs for his family, friends, and fans. This record has been a long time coming for the twenty-seven year old Asheville, North Carolina native. A lot of these songs were written two some years ago but they were waiting for the perfect time to release it. His standout newly minted platinum number one single “Hurricane” is also on the record. “Honky Tonk Highway” is a barn burner and will get the rowdy crowd going while the bonus track “Used To You” will flat out bring you to tears.
The official track listing:
1. “Out There” (Luke Combs, James McNair, Ray Fulcher, Jacob Bryant) 2. “Memories Are Made Of” (Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Cody Webb) 3. “Lonely One” (Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Erin Ashley O’Keefe) 4. “Beer Can” (Luke Combs, James McNair, Ray Fulcher) 5. “Hurricane” (Luke Combs, Thomas Archer, Taylor Phillips) 6. “One Number Away” (Luke Combs, Robert Williford, Sammy Mitchell, Steven Andre Battey) 7. “Don’t Tempt Me” (Luke Combs, Robert Williford, Joseph Michael Costa) 8. “When It Rains It Pours” (Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Jordan Walker) 9. “This One’s for You” (Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Pat Cooper) 10. “Be Careful What You Wish For” (Luke Combs, Rob Crosby, Ray Fulcher) 11. “I Got Away With You” (Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Tyler Reeve) 12. “Honky Tonk Highway” (Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Rob Crosby)
Congratulations to all of the songwriters that were a major part of bringing this project to life.
The thing about Luke Combs is that he is the same exact person no matter who he’s with, and that’s a big deal. He’s staying down to earth even with all this big stuff happening. Going from playing small bars to selling out theaters and venues that hold thousands of people for headlining shows has been incredibly encouraging. For his fans who have been there from the start and the people who become fans because of this album, you’re supporting someone who is always going to care about his fans and deliver amazing music. The knack for song writing, the artistry he has put his life into, it’s all happening. Rooting for Luke feels good because you’re supporting an everyday guy with a talent that you don’t see every day. This guy has a huge future and has the potential to become a very influential voice in country music.
In the past year Luke signed a joint-venture record deal with River House Artists and Columbia Records making him a new addition to the Sony Music Nashville family and also signed a publishing deal with Big Machine Music. He made his Grand Ole Opry Debut and played it multiple times since then. He hit the road with Corey Smith last fall for his first time out west and has been on tour with Brantley Gilbert this spring that will continue through the fall along with his own headlining shows, radio events, and more. This is just the beginning for Luke Combs. The future of country music is looking bright when you look at him and he’s just getting started.
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