Luke Combs Didn't Pick Up A Guitar Until He Was 21-Years-Old


Luke Combs last few years have been crazy, but undoubtably 2019 might be Combs craziest year yet. On Friday (November 8) Combs dropped his sophomore album What You See Is What You Get after teasing fans with The Prequel EP in June. Also in 2019, Combs got engaged and he's hitting record numbers with his songs across the board.

While on The Bobby Bones Show, Combs looked back with Bobby Bones on how things all started for him. Combs says he sang all the time growing up from school to church to just at home with his family. He sang anywhere he could. However, he didn't learn to play guitar until 8 years ago when Combs was 21-years-old. His parents bought him a guitar back in the 7th grade, but that guitar only saw one lesson and then sat in Combs childhood bedroom closet for years.

Combs moved back home after college at 21-years-old and started working at the job he had in high school at a go-kart track. He was bored and "sulking around" the house because all of his friends were still back in their college town. That's when his mom encouraged him to pick up the guitar again by telling him that "Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw didn't learn to play the guitar until they were 21." That summer Combs taught himself how to play the guitar, he spent all his free time working on music.

At his first ever official show, 200 people showed up. Combs said that he charged $1 a ticket and it was in his college town so most of his friends and Rugby teammates showed up to watch him. Now, Combs is playing arenas and he's the first artist to simultaneously top all 5 Billboard charts at the same time.

One of the collaborations on Combs new album is with Eric Church. Combs first heard about Church at his school Appalachian State while attending, he says everyone loved Church there because he also went to school there and there was relationship with his music and that school. It wasn't until 2019 though that Combs officially got to meet and sit down with Church. Despite their meeting, Combs went through all of the proper channels to get Church on the track "Does To Me" and he's happy with the end result.

Despite all of the chaos happening around him and with his music, Combs says, "I'm just happy to be invited" [to country music].

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