Freshly minted superstar Luke Combs laid out the criminal intent of his backstory on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, sharing some laughs with his host and a few tunes to boot.
Sitting down to chat ahead of his What You See Is What You Get album release, the breakout hit maker first filled Kimmel in on his original plan for work after college, and how writing songs is kind of like detective work. “It’s like a puzzle that has no pieces,” Combs says of penning a hit.
He goes on to talk about headlining his first-ever stadium show at Appalachian State University (his alma mater) on May 2, booking his first gig at bar across the street from his apartment and shows off his second pair of custom crocs — along with the solid logic behind his design. But soon enough it was time to hit the stage.
Starting off with his tender current single, “Even Though I’m Leaving,” Combs showed off the soft side of his gruff North Carolina rasp with some delicate mandolin plucking behind him. Then he flipped on the neon-light switch and launched into “1, 2 Many,” the rowdy throwback which features Brooks & Dunn on his album. Clutching a red solo cup and strolling across stage, Combs turned the Southern California night into a honky tonk dream.
What You See Is What You Get comes out this Friday (November 8), and next week Combs is up for three awards at the 53rd annual CMA Awards — Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Beautiful Crazy”) and Musical Event of the Year (with Brooks & Dunn for “Brand New Man”). He’s currently finishing up his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour and will kick off the What You See Is What You Get Tour February 7 in Columbia, Missouri.