A year ago, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the world turned upside down, Luke Combs wrote a song called “Six Feet Apart”. The song was about as topical as it gets, a hope that normalcy would someday be restored after everything we’ve been through in 2020.
“I miss my mom, I miss my dad, I miss the road, I miss my band, hugging and shaking hands,” Combs said.
Haven’t we all?
On Saturday night, in front of a sold-out crowd that had been waiting for this show for almost two years, Combs sang a 100-minute, 25-song set at the Toyota Center that was both long on the hits and reminiscent of what made Combs so successful. prominence in the first place.
Country music is in a strange place right now. Partygoers like Luke Bryan are a bit long in the tooth, so it’s pretty much Combs and Chris Stapleton who carry the water for the genre. That’s a good thing, as Combs and Stapleton are about as talented as one can get in their respective quests to conquer country music.
Combs proved it on Saturday, with hits like “1, 2 Many”, “Cold as You” and “Never Met You”, before treating the crowd with tracks like “This One’s For You” and “South on Ya” ” later. generally.
By the time Combs emerged with an encore that included the closing show “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” the point had already been made. Luke Combs is the present and future of country music, and both are in more than capable hands.
Heard in the crowd: Lots of “Let’s Go Astros” chants, which makes sense, considering the hometown team had locked a spot for the World Series the day before. I was there for that too; it was quite a scene. Go ‘Stros! Four more!
Random emptying of the notepad: It’s really nice to have gigs back… Luke Combs seems like a genuine and humble human being… The first chances for CMT’s 2020 Artist of the Decade are all in favor of Combs… I’m here for a tour Combs / Brooks & Dunn / Travis Tritt.