Asheville, NC native Luke Combs is a small-town boy who is currently a big success.
Combs has the number 1 song on the Country chart, his seventh consecutive number 1, with "Even Though I'm Leaving." He also posted a giant week on his way to the top spot on the Billboard album chart. Not bad for the Male Vocalist of the Year winner at the 2019 CMA Awards.
Combs dropped by New York's Country 94.7 in New York City to sit down for a chat on Thursday with morning host Kelly Ford and some lucky fans. During the talk, the "Beer Never Broke My Heart" singer revealed why he loves the city that never sleeps.
"I've always been enamored with New York," says Combs. "I didn't grow up necessarily in the sticks, but I grew up in a middle-class suburb of Asheville, NC which is a very small city. So, I remember one of the first times I came here was when I was in High School. I was in the tenth grade and I came here on a high school chorus trip and we stayed really close to Times Square... just a very touristy view of New York. But I've always appreciated, there's like this freedom to being here which I feel like I can't get in other places now."
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"I am at this point in my life and career where I'm very recognizable. It's hard to not recognize the 300 pound guy with the neckbeard in the store - and then you're like, 'Oh, that's the only guy in the world that's 300 pounds with a neckbeard.' So being able to come here, it's one of the few places I think, right now, where I can genuinely go and feel like I can turn it off a little bit. Which is what I love about it, you know, I can just blend into the mass."
It's that highly-coveted private time to sit down like a gentleman and enjoy himself that is obviously missing from his hometown life. As Combs explains, it's just different in NYC.
"That's something that I don't get to do a lot," he admits. "If I'm here and I want to go out and get dinner or get a cup of coffee or get a bagel or whatever it is, I just go do it and I don't have to think about it. Sometimes when I'm home, it is tough to do things because right now at this point in my career, I'm a recognizable guy and I live in a place where people know I live there, and they expect to see me around; they know what I drive, and they know where I live."
"So being able to be here... there's so much chaos going on all the time. The horns and you're almost in a wreck every ten seconds... to me there's this incredible peacefulness to that that I don't feel like I get all the time."
You can watch more of our conversation with Luke Combs above. His latest number one album, What You See Is What You Get, is now available everywhere.