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With a certified Platinum single already under his belt and another heating up the Billboard Country Airplay chart, Luke Combs is quickly becoming a household name for country music fans.
When his debut single “Hurricane” hit No. 1 in May 2017, it became the first debut single for a country act to stay at the top of the charts for more than a single week since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” in 2012.
The second single off his No. 1 album This One’s For You, titled “When It Rains It Pours“ is currently sitting in the Top 25, but rising steadily each week. In a phone interview with Country Rebel, Combs spilled some unknown details about his songwriting process, and his rise to stardom.
Country Rebel: What is your favorite song on the album, This One’s For You?
Luke Combs: Oh, that’s hard to say, you know, there all your favorites. Obviously I love “Hurricane” because it led to all this stuff. I really like “I Got A Way With You”. It’s probably my favorite as far as songwriting stand point of the whole thing goes.
CR: What was the inspiration behind the new single, “When It Rains It Pours”?
LC: It really was just that saying, I think. I brought that saying into the room, and we were kinda joking around about stuff and they said, ‘Man that sounds like a really sad song title, so why don’t we try to make it more of a happy thing?’ We did and we think we nailed it.
CR: You definitely did! The phrase that sticks out to us in that song, that’s very catchy and kind of funny, is the ex-future mother-in-law line. How did you guys come up with that phrase?
LC: We were kinda just joking around, really, that’s kinda it. We were just talking about not seeing your mother-in-law would be a good thing, but we weren’t necessarily married to the girl in the song, so we had to come up with a way to say, you know, to our ex-future mother-in-law in that way, I guess.
Combs proved that the song is much more lighthearted than the title lets on in his new music video, and it seems he had just as much fun making the video as he did writing the song. Take a look at some behind the scenes footage of the “When It Rains it Pours” music video below.
CR: Well, you kind of already touched on this, but with the songwriting process, what is that like? Do you come up with the title first like with “When It Rains It Pours”, or do the lyrics come to you, or the melody first?
LC: It’s usually the title, I would say. I mean, at least I kinda try to put my ideas in my phone as titles and that seems to help a lot.
CR: How cool! “Hurricane” really took off and I know you’ve played a bunch of stadiums and arenas with it. So, how did it feel when you first heard a huge group of people singing along to your song?
LC: It was pretty wild! One of the first times it was really crazy was Louisville and back in North Carolina on the Brantley Gilbert tour. It was a really awesome experience, kinda the first time for all of us in the band, so it was great.
CR: Did you have to take a minute to soak it all in?
LC: Yeah, I mean…when everybody’s singing along I try to enjoy that as much as I can.
CR: Speaking of live shows, what is your favorite song to perform live?
LC: Oh man, we do a cover of “Brand New Man” by Brooks and Dunn that I really enjoy singing live.
One of our favorite songs to hear him play live is “Can I Get An Outlaw”, which he included on his 2014 EP of the same name. Watch his acoustic performance of the song in the video below.
CR: If you had to give your younger self, way before “Hurricane” took off and you were the country star that you are now, any advice, what would it be?
LC: Oh man. That’s an interesting question, I guess I haven’t thought about that too much. I don’t know. Heck, everything’s going so good, I guess I wouldn’t change too much. Just be prepared, prepare yourself for the schedule.
CR: Which country singer, past or present, would you want to crack open a cold one with?
LC: Definitely Eric Church; definitely George Jones would be fun I think. There’s a bunch! Merle Haggard would be awesome to sit down and hang out with him.
We imagine that someday, an up and coming country star will be saying the same thing about Combs, who is not only one of most talented country singers on the rise, but also one of the most charitable. In July, he donated all the funds from his meet-and-greet to Camp Sunshine, a facility for children with life-threatening illnesses.
“Deciding to donate all of my meet and greet proceeds to children battling cancer was the easiest decision I’ve ever made,” Combs wrote on Instagram. “Being able to help them have a normal life in a not so normal world is the best gift I can give them.”
The 27-year-old singer just announced his very first headlining tour, which will kick off in Los Angeles on October 3 and conclude in Asheville, North Carolina on December 16.
If you would like to purchase his album This One’s For You, which includes his No. 1 single “Hurricane” and current Top 25 hit “When It Rains it Pours”, click here.
Watch the music video for “When It Rains it Pours” below.
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