Well I have to admit, Luke Combs has a lot going for him. He comes across as an incredibly likeable guy, and someone that most genuine people can get behind. The type you can shoot the breeze with and have a beer. I have some family and friends that were aware of him quite a bit before he made it to radio since he performed a lot in the North Carolina area. Like many mainstream albums, they tend to be a mixed bag to me. There are some solid songs and then some offerings that I skip over. It's something that I still have a hard time with seeing how so many independent artists put out such strong full albums, but it is what it is.
The tricky part of music, is sometimes we as listeners don't know the personal connection that some people have to the artists. I was frustrated with Joe Nichols' release and I did have someone mention how nice of a guy he is in person, and you know it's always hard. I like keeping things positive because it avoids that slippery slope of saying something and someone behind offended or turning people off. Like anything, I am learning all the time and where Pitstop for Country shines is positive sharing and insight of music. So let's give Luke Combs some credit where it's do, Shall we?
While not the biggest fan of his song Hurricane, I am into his release to radio right now. I think this was a great choice to send out because it's country and it's a well written song. It's ironic because of the content vs the title and it's musical makeup make it so hard to not enjoy. Just the opening lyrics alone suck you in hard than a Shop Vac.
When It Rains It Pours has you singing along the entire time and smiling at how his luck turned around after his ex left him. He started complaining and ended up leaving him. Once he goes for a drive, a series of good things start to occur. The lottery ticket. Then the big vacation win on the radio call-in contest. Guess who came running back? Too Late honey.
It's a harmless song that I find incredibly enjoyable and will certainly be a very strong song for Combs. It has the feel of a monster live show hit and the larger a base he grows, he may get some pull to release more songs like this off his album. Just take a look at his live performance on the Today Show... he sounds great. Combs has some excellent choice in much of the music he listens to. He's a big fan of many Texas acts and I appreciate a mainstreamer that takes an interest that that scene.
One thing I have learned is that we can be incredibly critical of others, especially early in their careers. Maybe because we know that they have something special waiting to make an appearance. Whatever those reasons are, it's still very early in Combs career and he has a lot going for him – he may just surprise us in the coming years.
What do you think?
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