This Week’s Featured Host: Luke Combs
What you see with Luke Combs is an approachable North Carolina guy in a ball cap and jeans who’s admittedly not that different from his high school days.
What you get, however, is an arena headliner, a Grand Ole Opry member, a Grammy nominee, and the only country singer in history to reach No. 1 with his first six singles.
Although Combs’ everyman appeal is key to his success, the title track, “What You See Is What You Get”, underscores the fact that his life is full of contradictions.
“I’ve been wanting to write something like that song, because there is a little bit of me that always has one foot on one side and one foot on the other side,” he says. “But every human being is like that about everything. There are some things that I’ll tell you everything in the world about, and there’s some things that I’m guarded about. There’s some things that I really love, and there’s some things that I really hate. And that’s normal. That’s the irony of the song, that what you see is what you get — but not really. Sometimes I feel like five different people, you know?
In the midst of a monumental career, Combs was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards (“Forever After All”) and was named Entertainer of the Year at the 55th Annual CMA Awards this past fall. During the live CMA Awards broadcast, Combs debuted, “Doin’ This,” a personal reflection on his own life and career, which Music Row calls, “a masterpiece.”
Adding to his triumphant run at country radio, Combs’ previous single, “Cold As You,” reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts. This is the seventh #1 to come from Combs’ deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get—breaking the record for most #1 singles to come from the same album—as well as his twelfth-consecutive #1 single overall, another historic feat.
His album Growing Old was released Friday, March 24 and we’re so happy to have him as our cohost this week on Shawn Parr’s Backstage Country.