Luke Combs Races to Daytona 500 for First Concert Since March of 2020

And "Better Together" marks his 10th straight Number One!

Written by Chris Parton
Luke Combs Races to Daytona 500 for First Concert Since March of 2020
Luke Combs backstage at Ford Fairchild's photo booth at “The 54th Annual CMA Awards,” airing live Wednesday, November 11, 2020 on ABC from Music City Center in Downtown Nashville; Photo credit: Ford Fairchild

Luke Combs has notched yet another Number One with the single, “Better Together,” and he’ll keep the win streak going with an appearance at NASCAR’s most hallowed event, the Daytona 500.

Marking his tenth-consecutive Number 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay radio chart, “Better Together” extends a record Combs had already held… and he’s still setting new ones. With his newly certified double-Platinum album, What You See Is What You Get, Combs is now the first artist ever to have his first two studio projects spend 25 weeks or more at Number One on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart — breaking the record previously set by Taylor Swift. And with the release of that set’s Deluxe edition, bonus track “Forever After All” has earned him the highest entrance on the Billboard Hot 100 for any male country solo artist. 

But even with all that as a backdrop, Combs’ biggest win is yet to come. Next month he’ll head to Florida for a Valentine’s Day performance at the famous Daytona 500 — his first live concert performance for fans since March of 2020. Set for February 14 and marking the beginning of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, the pre-race concert event will also be the first at a NASCAR event since last March, and Combs says he’s pumped. His performance will air at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 14 on FOX.

“I can’t wait to feel that energy again. Man, I miss it,” Combs tells The Associated Press. “It’s the first live show I’ve played since March of 2020, and I’d say it’s pretty dang huge. It’s the thing that allows the fan to be connected to the artist in a very intimate way, something that you can’t really explain. Live music is a way for us to be able to disconnect from everything else, and just be there in the moment. The pandemic has definitely hurt our industry as a whole, but I personally just really miss being on stage every night with the guys and the fans.

“It’s why I do what I do,” Combs went on. “When I said ‘I miss the road, I miss my band’ in my song ‘Six Feet Apart,’ I really meant it. It’s hard being away from (the fans) and I can’t wait to get back out there.”