After Luke Combs’ third studio album, Growing up, the man of the people recently sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to discuss the new release, as well as his own timeline of growing up as a kid from North Carolina, his struggles, and how far he’s come. since he is a married man and a new father (his son’s name is Tex Lawrence Combs how nasty is that?).
In the interview, he talked about the day he was finally able to pay for his parents’ house and get rid of that headache:
“They’re super proud, man, and they love going out and going to different places they’ve never been before, seeing shows and hanging out. It’s a unique thing. And I remember calling my parents and saying, “I’m paying for your house.”
And they were like, ‘What? You can not. No. Do not do that. And I was like, ‘No. I do it. That’s what I’m doing.’
So I bought myself a truck and am paying for my parents’ house first thing in the morning. That’s the first thing I did, man. I mean, I had to. I had to because you realize how… I mean, we didn’t have a lot of money, man. We do not have.
My parents were really good at making it look like we were okay. And we were fine. I had everything I needed and not much of what I wanted. I will put it this way. It was the coolest thing ever.
Combs also made an interesting point about battling his weight, and while he’s always preached about being comfortable in his own skin, it’s always been one of those things he’s struggled with in the past. bottom of his mind.
But aside from wanting to manage his weight better, he also credited overcoming many of his demons and struggles to his wife, Nicole, and the fans of his shows. These are the two things that keep him going when he feels like a mess inside:
“You can do so well and so prolifically in any job you do. And people are going, wow, man, you’re absolutely crushing it. But inside, you’re like a mess inside. And there’s something fulfilling for me…once you get through this thing, once you defeat your particular demon that’s attacking you right now and you look back, success is almost even sweeter .
‘Cause you’re like, that thing could’ve crushed me and left me completely in pieces. It’s like you said, you’d have every excuse to go, you couldn’t do it, man. And there are people out there that it happens to and that’s good too.
It’s what got me through my darkest days. I still have this thing that’s here. And I can go play those shows. The shows and my wife are the things that really saved me, man. You know what I mean?”
Perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the interview was when he talked about his love for punk rock music at the time. I mean come on, you’d be lying if you said you didn’t like a few songs from Blink-182, Yellowcard, Green Day, and more at some point:
“I listened to a lot of punk rock growing up. I did. I loved the TV. Kennedy dead. NOFX. Of course the world’s Green Days. Blink-182 was great. I loved it. You grew up with it.
I am a child of 1990. Rancid. Yeah. I loved Rance. Shock. Big Clash fan too.
Punk rock Luke… I could see it.
Needless to say, it looks like Combs is in a pretty good place in his life right now, and we’re all looking forward to seeing how far he goes in his country music career.
You can watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out the new album if you haven’t already.