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Insiders say it takes 10 years to make it in Nashville. But the seeds of success for Luke Combs were planted three months after his September 2014 arrival when he co-wrote “Hurricane.” The song first charted in July 2015 when released on his own indie label. By the time his debut album, “This One’s For You,” arrived in June 2017, he was signed to Columbia Records and “Hurricane” had pushed the North Carolina native to No. 1 on “Billboard’s” Country Airplay chart.


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“When It Rains It Pours” was the second, multi-week No. 1 from Luke’ debut album, which has spent 18 weeks inside the Top 5 on the “Billboard” Country Albums chart. His headlining “Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time” tour sold out shows in 19 cities.

Luke, who was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year in 2017, recently joined the CMA Foundation to present $1 million to the Houston Independent School District to support music programs in public schools devastated by recent flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

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Luke is now nominated for New Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

Check the barometer, Luke Combs ushered in a storm front on the country scene Photo credit: Louis Browne
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