Luke Combs Reveals Why He Chose To Cover “Fast Car”: “It’s Been Such A Big Part Of My Life”

“[It’s] my first favorite song probably ever,” Combs said of “Fast Car.”

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Posted on April 8, 2023

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Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Combs released his brand-new album, Gettin’ Old, on March 24. The 18-track collection and the fourth via River House/Columbia Nashville is the companion to his album, Growin’ Up.

“It was all kind of recorded and written at least for the intent of being on, you know, what at the time would have been my third album,” the “Going, Going, Gone” singer said of the reason behind the two-part collection series, which includes album covers that connect into one cohesive image.

Combs continued, “So as we recorded these songs, it just kind of became apparent that there were two separate groups of songs that didn’t fit together. And so I decided it would be a good idea to just make them two separate things.”

First Outside Cut Appears On His New Album

The songs on Gettin’ Old include over a dozen originals, plus “My Song Will Never Die” – Combs’ first outside cut, which was co-written by Eric Church.

Combs Revealed Why He Chose To Record A Cover Of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”

Combs also included a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” on the project. “Fast Car” isn’t just any song for Combs. Combs chose to record a studio version of the tune because the hit track has been a big part of his life growing up.

“[It’s] my first favorite song probably ever. I remember listening to that song with my dad in his truck when I was probably four years old,” Combs, 33, recalls his family connection to the song in a press release. “He had a cassette, a tape of it, and we had this old brown camper top F-150.”

“We rode around that thing, and he had a tape cassette player in there, and I have the original cassette — my dad brought it to me a couple of years ago… I have the one, and I have it in my shop,” he continued. “The only music I have in my shop is a cassette player. I love to go to antique stores, and just you can get a bunch of cassette tapes for 50 cents, and some of the best records of all time are on cassette.”

Performing “Fast Car” Live

The two-time reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, who is expecting baby No. 2 with wife Nicole Combs, has performed his rendition of “Fast Car”while on stage in the past . 

“It’s always been one of my favorites. I covered it in college, and just kind of continued to play it around the house or whatever, and did a video of it in 2020 during the whole lockdown thing,” he tells Smooth Radio. “I just figured, why not? It’s been such a big part of my life that I just figured it would be cool to do an official version of it.”

Combs has also included “Fast Car” in his current tour set. 

A video posted on YouTube shows Combs launching into the folk rock song during the opening night of his World Tour 2023. Bootleggers scream as Combs croons his version of the tune in front of over 50,000 fans while at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

Luke Combs’ Is In The Midst Of His World Tour

Combs’ massive 2023 World Tour, which kicked off on March 25, runs through October 19. Throughout the trek, Combs is scheduled to visit 16 stadiums across North America, including Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium, and more.

The massive outing will take Combs to three continents and 16 countries, including stops in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, France, and Belgium.

Luke Combs, Photo Courtesy of David Bergman
Luke Combs, Photo Courtesy of David Bergman

Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry, and Brent Cobb serve as support on the North American tour dates, while special guests on the Australian and New Zealand dates include Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman. 

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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