At Farm Aid 2019, Sirius XM’s Willie’s Roadhouse sat down with those three, and in this clip, Luke Combs (donning the Willie’s Reserve cap) recalled his college days when he used to wake up, light a joint, and spin Willie Nelson records on repeat for hours and hours and hours.
“When I was teaching myself guitar, I was in school at Appalachian State, I was 21-years-old, I didn’t know what the hell I was gonna do with my life…
And I would wake up every morning, I would get a little spliff goin’ and I had a record player, and probably played the Stardust album front to back, 100 times in a row there for the course of a year and a half.”
If you play country music, you like Willie Nelson. If you don’t like Willie Nelson, you don’t play country music. That’s just a fact.
Luke went on to talk about how Willie has inspired his career, and also broke the news that he went into the studio and recorded a cover of Willie’s “All Of Me,” which he said he will be releasing soon.
“The song that I’ve always gravitated to is ‘Moonlight In Vermont.’ I love that song, just the vibe of the song to me I just feel like I’m there.
‘All Of Me’ is another song that I just went into the studio and did a cover myself, I’m super excited for folks to hear that.”
It’s not clear whether or not it’ll happen since this interview was done a back in 2019, but we do know that Luke was working on a bluegrass record in addition to his third studio album Growin’ Up, which was just released. So, who really knows what he has up his sleeve…
Nowadays, college kids wake up, smoke a joint, listen to Luke Combs records, repeat.