FEQ: The Luke Combs Phenomenon

FEQ: The Luke Combs Phenomenon

Five years ago, he was a complete stranger. Today he is the king of the country planet and one of the most exciting headliners at the Festival d’été de Québec. But who is this Luke Combs?

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Luke Combs is the antihero. An ordinary guy, not particularly handsome, chubby, but whose songs that talk about the simple things in life have touched the hearts of country maniacs.

A phenomenon ? Since the release of her first album in 2017, she has ranked 13 number 1s on American country radio stations. In a country where country music is a religion and competition is fierce among the stars of the genre, these results stagger the imagination.

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Established in Nashville for several years, Beauceron singer Robby Johnson witnessed the fabulous rise of Luke Combs, which brought together more than 80,000 people at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, in June, during CMA Fest, a major festival of the capital of the country. .

“He was able to bring back the new ’90s country sound while having a modern approach to his lyrics and vocal performance,” he says.

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Beyond the music, it is its authenticity that seduces.

“He does not take himself for another, he is not above the fray. He is a guy who changes his tires and his oil, who likes to make campfires with his friends and drink beer en masse. He is probably the one who holds the record for the fastest beer consumed (shotgun). He will surely do it during his program on Friday”, says Gab Marineau, presenter of the program. new country areaat WKND.

That explains why one of his songs is called beer never broke my heart (beer never broke my heart).

Also, Luke Combs wouldn’t be one to care what people think of his face. Doesn’t he look beautiful to you? He does not care.

“In a world where appearance is constantly judged and prioritized, it’s liberating and nurturing to vibrate to the sound of an artist who focuses instead on emotion and message,” notes Robby Johnson.

After more-or-less successful attempts with Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum, the Summer Festival might have found in Luke Combs, who will perform sold-out concerts at the Bell Center and Videotron Center this fall, the guy who will make music permanent country on the Plains of Abraham.

Whether its own success will have a long shelf life remains to be seen. On this, Gab Marineau has the theory of him.

“Right now it’s on top, but the common criticism in country music is that it all sounds the same. It’s always the same lyrics, the same choruses. It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can get bored quickly if you don’t really care. On the other hand, if shepherd’s pie is your favorite recipe, you’ll love it for a long time.

In short, Luke Combs isn’t reinventing the meatloaf, but his recipe is particularly tasty.

▶Luke Combs in concert at 9:30 p.m., Friday night, on the Plains of Abraham. Openers: Talk and Matt Lang.


  • Age: 32 years
  • Made in: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • albums: This one is for you (2017), what you see is what you get (2019), growing (2022)
  • Numbers 1 (US country radios): Hurricane, when it rains buckets, a number away, she got the best of me, beautiful crazy, beer never broke my heart, Even if I go, makes me, loving You, Better together, forever after all, cold as you, do this

Main rewards:

  • Country Music Association Award: Artist of the Year (2021), Album of the Year, Male Singer of the Year (2020), Male Singer of the Year, Song of the Year (2019), Debut Year (2018)

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