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Luke Combs was an aspiring country singer last year just trying to get folks to listen to his songs. This year, he walked the red carpet at the CMA Awards with a New Artist of the Year nomination and two No. 1 hits to his credit.


It all started with his massive debut hit, “Hurricane,” and he quickly followed it up with the lighthearted chart-topper, “When It Rains It Pours”

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We caught up with Luke on the red carpet prior to the Nov. 8 CMA Awards, and he was definitely riding high with all this success.

Luke tells Rare Country, “I think you have high hopes any time you do something like that, but I don’t think you can shoot this high. It’s my first CMA Awards. I’m nominated. I’m presenting. That’s awesome. My parents are here. I’ve got my girlfriend here. That’s awesome. It’s a really exciting time for me.”

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Though it seems like Luke just came out of nowhere, he’s actually spent the last seven years playing clubs and working hard to gain new fans and develop his own style. His parents have been with him every step of the way, and they’re ecstatic to see all of that hard work paying off for their boy.

Luke adds, “I’m an only child, man. You can’t explain how excited my parents are for me to not be a homeless dude without a job. There’s no fallback for that. If I mess up, there’s no other kid that’s a lawyer that can save my horrid reputation.”

Congratulations on that CMA nomination, Luke! We have a feeling you’ll be taking home one of those crystal trophies one day very soon.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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