There’s an old saying that tells us you should never meet your heroes ’cause they might let you down. That saying definitely doesn’t hold up when it comes to Luke Combs’ budding friendship with his country hero, Tracy Lawrence.
If you’ve checked out Luke’s debut album, “This One’s for You,” then you know he’s heavily influenced by ’90s country music. The clever wordplay he uses on his No. 1 hit “When It Rains, It Pours” and the hurt he belts out on the power ballad “Hurricane” all bare the mark of those classic hits.
That’s why it was a natural fit for Tracy to recruit Luke to sing a new version of his ’90s hit “If The World Had a Front Porch” on the new album, “Good Ole Days.”
Luke sounds right at home singing those lyrics, because he’s been a huge fan of Tracy’s music for most of his life.
We caught up with Luke just before the duet was released in November. He told us it was really cool to get to know Tracy through that collaboration.
“Tracy just couldn’t be a nicer guy, man,” Luke tells Rare Country. “We’ve got to hang out a few times. I actually called him one night on the bus at 3 in the morning. Shouldn’t have done that. He didn’t answer, though. But he did call me back the next day.”
Luke admits he was, in fact, playing Tracy Lawrence songs at the time of the drunk dial.
He says, “Me and some of my guys in my band were like, ‘How cool is it that I know Tracy Lawrence?’ You know how it goes with that kind of stuff. So, I wouldn’t do it again. Wouldn’t call him again at 3 a.m., but he was great. Called me back the next day and goes, ‘What, do you need something, buddy? What’s going on?’ I was like, ‘Nah. Just had a couple beers and talking about how cool you were and wanted to call you on the phone.'”
Now, that’s a classic story.
It’s no surprise that Tracy sees a lot of himself in Luke Combs, who has scored two No. 1 hits with his first two singles. Tracy’s career started off with a No. 1 hit, too, and he knows the whirlwind Luke is living in right about now.
During a recent interview on the morning radio show “Ty, Chuck and Kelly,” Tracy said, “When that kind of success happens, it’s life-altering, and you never can go back to who you were before. It changes you inside out. You kind of get caught up in that bubble, and you just kind of live in a really strange existence for several years. It’s hard to explain to people who haven’t been through it.”
Despite that one drunk dial, Tracy thinks Luke has a really bright future ahead of him.
Says Tracy, “His voice is so freakin’ big. That guy’s got an amazing voice. Lots of power. Great range. Amazing tone.”
It’s got to feel good for Luke to hear his hero compliment him like that, right?
In addition to the duet with Luke, Tracy’s new album, “Good Ole Days,” includes new versions of his biggest hits with everyone from Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan to Jason Aldean and Chris Young.
As for Luke, he’s looking forward to a really big 2018 with his new single, “One Number Away,” hitting the airwaves very soon.