Riley Green ‘Learned A Lot’ On Luke Combs Tour
Riley Green recently announced his early 2024 headlining tour with 1990s country hitmaker Tracy Lawrence as one of his openers. Riley spent the summer of 2023 on one of country music’s biggest tours with Luke Combs, who sold out multiple nights of stadiums nationwide.
I talked with Green last week before he released his new album, Ain’t My Last Rodeo, and he told me how the Combs tour helped him out. He said, “I certainly learned a lot. It’s a different show. You know, I think I am a lot more drawn to the smaller acoustic venues and the more intimate setting. It’s completely different, so there is a lot I had to learn to fill up a big stage like that and to appeal to fifty-thousand people.”
He continued, “I definitely learned a lot about a live show, and it really put me in front of a lot of new potential fans. It was a great opportunity. I think me and Luke have a lot of the same fans. We have some similarities in music and songwriting, so it was cool to have that opportunity and to see fifty-something thousand people singing ‘I Wish Grandpas’s Never Died’ back to me every weekend is pretty motivating.”
Green’s new album has a song with Luke called “Different Round Here.” He told me how it came about, “I wish I had a really cool story about it; I just texted him and said, ‘You want to be a part of this song?’ It was always a really big song for me, and the fans have always screamed that song to me at shows when I play it. I told him I thought it might be the next single, and fortunately for me, he wanted to be a part of it.”
Riley concluded, “It worked out great, and the timing was great with the tour, and it’s fun to see it going up the charts now.”