FEQ: Luke’s Combs Phenomenon


Five years ago, he was a complete stranger. Today he is the king of the country planet and one of the most exciting headliners of the Festival d’été de Québec. But who is this Luke Combs?

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Luke Combs is the anti-hero. An ordinary boy, not particularly handsome, chubby, but whose songs that tell the simple things in life have touched the hearts of country maniacs.

A phenomenon ? Since the release of his first album in 2017, he has fielded 13 number 1s on American country radio stations. In a country where country music is a religion and competition is fierce among the stars of the genre, such results strike the imagination.

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Established in Nashville for several years, Beauceron singer Robby Johnson witnessed the fabled rise of Luke Combs, who gathered more than 80,000 people at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium in June during CMA Fest, a major festival in the country’s capital. .

“He was able to bring back the sound of 90s new country while having a modern approach to his lyrics and vocal performance,” he says.

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Beyond the music, it is its authenticity that seduces.

“He does not take himself for another, he is not above the fray. He is a guy who changes tires and oil, who likes to make bonfires with his friends and drink beer in droves. He is probably the one who has the record for the fastest ingested beer (rifle). He will certainly do so during his show on Friday, ”says Gab Marineau, host of the show. New Country Areaat WKND.

This explains why one of his songs is called Beer never broke my heart (beer never broke my heart).

Also, Luke Combs shouldn’t worry about what people think of his face. Don’t you find it beautiful? He does not care.

“In a world where appearance is consistently judged and prioritized, it is liberating and nourishing to vibrate to the sound of an artist focusing on emotion and message instead,” notes Robby Johnson.

After more or less successful attempts with Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum, the Summer Festival could therefore have found in Luke Combs, who this autumn will present sold-out concerts at the Bell Center and the Videotron Center, the guy who will make country music standing in the Plains of Abraham.

It will remain to be seen whether his own success will be long-lasting. On this Gab Marineau has the theory of him.

“It’s at the top right now, but the common critique of country music is that it all sounds the same. It’s always the same lyrics, the same choruses. It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can get really bored quickly if you don’t really like this kind of music, but if shepherd’s pie is your favorite recipe, you will love it for a long time.

All in all, Luke Combs isn’t reinventing the shepherd’s pie, but his recipe is particularly tasty.

▶ Luca Combs in concert at 9:30 pm, Friday evening, in the Plain of Abraham. Opening acts: Talk and Matt Lang.


  • Age: 32 years old
  • Manufactured in: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • album: This is for you (2017), What you see is what you get (2019), growing up (2022)
  • Numbers 1 (radio country USA): Hurricane, when it rains it pours, A number away, It got the better of me, Crazy beautiful, Beer never broke my heart, Even if I leave, Do it to me, Loving you, Better together, Forever after all, cold like you, Do this

Main rewards:

  • Country Music Association Award: Artist of the Year (2021), Album of the Year, Male Singer of the Year (2020), Male Singer of the Year, Song of the Year (2019), Newcomer year (2018)


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