Last night, Luke Combs appeared on the latest episode of Straight Up Steve Austin, a USA show hosted by former professional wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. The premise is real simple… Stone Cold does badass things with his badass friends.
Stone Cold and Luke swapped war stories, shot some darts, ripped it up in the side-by-side, and crushed some beers, Stone Cold Steve Austin style.
While mudding, they took a break to discuss the impact Eric Church has had on Luke’s career.
Here’s what Combs had to say.
“The reason myself and my parents stopped listening to country music at that time, it wasn’t as relatable. A lot of guys got heavy into the beach, it was getting more poppy sounding at the time. And not to say I’m Merle Haggard, because I’m not, but that was the big shift…”
“So when I got to Appalachian State, a guy that lived on my floor brought in an Eric Church CD…once I heard Eric I was like, this is something I can relate to and if he can do that and he’s from here, and I’m from here, I can do that. That’s where the fire caught its spark.”