On the heels of his latest album, Growin’ Up, Luke Combs reflected on his journey to adulthood and the dichotomy of his superstardom during an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe.
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year revealed how he used his success to help his parents with one of his first big paychecks.
“They’re super proud, man, and they love to come out and go to different places they hadn’t been before and see shows and hang out. That’s a unique thing. And I remember calling my parents and being like, ‘I’m paying your house off.’ And they were like, ‘What? You can’t. No. Don’t do that.’ And I was like, ‘No. I’m doing it. That’s what I’m doing.’ So I bought myself a truck and I pay my parent’s house off first thing away. It was the first thing I did, man. I mean, had to. Had to because you realize how hard… I mean, we didn’t have a lot of money, man. We did not. My parents were really good at making it seem like we were doing fine. And we were doing fine. I had everything I needed and not a lot of what I wanted. I’ll put it that way. That was the coolest thing ever.”
Although success has allowed Combs to exceed his wildest dreams, it hasn’t come without difficulties. Combs admitted that he’s fought inner demons, including struggling with his weight, but that his wife Nicole and performing shows have pulled him through dark times.
“You can be doing so well and so prolifically at whatever job that you are doing. And people are going, wow, man, you are just absolutely crushing it. But inside you are just like a mess on the inside. And there’s something fulfilling for me…once you’re through that thing, once you’ve overcome your particular demon that is attacking you at the moment and you look back, the success is almost even sweeter.”
“Because you’re like, that thing could have crushed me and just let me fall completely apart. It’s like you said, you would have every excuse to go, couldn’t do it, man,” Combs added. “And there are people out there that happens to and that’s okay too. That’s the thing that kept me going through my darkest days. I do still have this thing that’s here. And I get to go play these shows. The shows and my wife are the things that really have saved me, dude. Do you know what I mean?”
The North Carolina native’s current single “The Kind of Love We Make” is currently top five at country radio and he recently finished his first-ever headline stadium tour.
Combs will hit the road again this fall with his Middle of Somewhere Tour, which kicks off on September 2 with back-to-back nights in Bangor, ME at Maine Savings Amphitheater. The tour features support from Jordan Davis, Morgan Wade and Lainey Wilson on select dates.
The country hitmaker also has dropped a hint about a possible world tour in 2023.
On August 8, Combs took to social media to share a graphic that read, “Can’t wait for my 2023 tour. Where would y’all like to see us play next year?” Fans quickly took to the comments to demand the “Doin’ This” singer to come to their city. The post amassed nearly 50,000 comments across social media and hundreds of thousands of likes.
However, there was more to the post than just that. If fans look at the photo closely they’ll notice that certain letters are in a different font color and those letters spell out “WORLD TOUR.”
While Combs currently has no dates on the map for next year, it is expected that Combs will have a massive year on the road in 2023. Due to the high demand from fans across the globe, Combs will most likely visit more than just the United States of America next year.