In the midst of preparing for the release of his third studio album, Luke Combs is also getting ready to take on his duties as a first time parent with his wife Nicole Hocking Combs.
Combs recently joined Audacy’s David and Kelli backstage at Stagecoach to share about the new chapter that has him feeling both stressed and excited at the same time.
“What do you think is more stressful? The birth of the baby or your new album?” the hosts asked the “Doin’ This” singer.
“The baby for sure,” Combs admitted. “Yeah, I’m excited, but it’s also like [I’ve] kind of never done it before so you know… See how it goes I guess… I’ll figure it out,” Combs added.
Before the baby is even born, Combs and his wife have plenty of things to sort out, one being choosing a name for their new bundle of joy.
“We’ve got a few that we like, but we’re gonna [wait]… like we don’t want to pick one and then hate it. Like if he comes out and it’s like ugh, you know?”
While he has never been tasked with the challenge of naming a child before, Combs explained that those around him who are already parents have and have offered the country star some wisdom when it comes to naming their kids.
“I’ve had a lot of friends who were like they picked one, then they were like well this just doesn’t… he just doesn’t look like that… We got a few, keeping our options open,” Combs said.
Luke Combs Previously Teases His Baby’s Name
Although the name has not been confirmed, Combs previously teased what their child’s name would rhyme with and the overall theme, however, he and Nicole are keeping the list of names they came up with a secret. When he was challenged to a game of “Truth or Uke” by Audacy Music’s Holly Hutton and Rob Stone, Combs drew the question that read, “What does Nicole want the baby’s name to be?”
As expected, he began strumming on the ukulele to avoid answering, but after getting a similar question later on, he gave a very loose hint.
“It rhymes with orange,” Combs joked, before adding, “It rhymes with purple.”
“You can see there’s a theme going,” Stone said in response.
“There’s a theme going,” Combs agreed, laughing.
In the end, Combs explained that as long as his son is “healthy,” the name “really doesn’t matter” to him.
Luke Combs Is Gearing Up To Release His New Album, Growin’ Up, Later This Summer
Just like the baby, new music is also on the way. Combs is gearing up to release his third studio album, Growin’ Up, which he says is “[a reflection] on a lot of forced growing up,” that he has had to do over the course of the last few years.
“I felt like I was in this transitional phase, still am, where some days you feel like you’re 21 and some days you feel like you’re 51,” he said.
“I got married over COVID and now we’re having the baby, so it’s like all these new added responsibilities and thoughts and things,” he continued. “I felt like that title spoke to where I’m at right now. I’ve always wanted to grow up with my fan base so I felt like it was important for me to name it that.”
Combs first shared the exciting news on social media at the start of the year through a series of scenic photos with him, Nicole and their ultrasound photo.
“Here we go y’all! Lil dude Combs is coming this Spring! Couldn’t be more excited to start a family with this babe. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride,” Combs wrote.
Before telling the world that they are expecting their first child, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year admitted that he got pretty emotional when Nicole told him. “I cried… I cried a lot,” he revealed. “Yeah, I was very excited.”
“It was on the bus, she told me on the bus when it was just me and her on there. I think she had been on a trip with some friends, like a girl’s trip kind of thing,” Combs explained. “It’s like Redneck Napa maybe, I’m not sure, but they went there and I guess she found out on the trip, on that trip.”
This is a moment Combs explains he’ll never forget as he says he remembers it “very vividly.”
Arriving on June 24 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville, his new album, Growin’ Up, will feature 12 tracks, including his recently released “Tomorrow Me” as well as “Doin’ This,” and was produced by Combs alongside Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton.
Additionally, Combs will soon embark on The Middle of Somewhere Tour, beginning in September. This gives Combs some time to adapt to having a little one around the house. Although their little one might not be joining his dad on the road for some time, Combs is looking forward to the day his whole family gets to experience the journey together.
The trek, which kicks off on September 2 in Bangor, ME, will also feature special guests Jordan Davis, Morgan Wade and Lainey Wilson on select dates.
Combs will also headline several major festivals this year including Stagecoach, New Orleans JazzFest and BottleRock.