A rising country star tells us the intense details of his recent trip back home Instagram/@lukecombsmusic

Luke Combs just might be the luckiest guy in country music these days. He just celebrated his second No. 1 hit in a row with “When It Rains It Pours” after bursting onto the scene with his powerful debut single, “Hurricane.”

That good luck streak continued as Luke returned home to North Carolina last month to toss the coin before his beloved Applachian State University Mountaineers took on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for the Sun Belt Conference championship.

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Luke was honored to have such an important role in his home team’s big game.

He tells Rare Country, “It meant a lot to me. I spent a lot of years up there in Boone, [North Carolina]. It was a pleasure just to be up there and kind of be recognized from the university and to be able to go out on the field for the last home game of the year and flip the coin with the players. It was a great experience.”

Having Luke there was definitely a good luck charm, as App State went on to defeat its opponent 63 to 14 to clinch the Sun Belt championship.

“It was insane,” Luke says.

As you can tell from that photo of the coin toss, Luke took his job seriously that day. We asked him to tell us about his approach to flipping the coin. Instead, Luke showed us how to do in our hilarious video interview with him.

Luke also got in some time with the Mountaineers mascot.

Here he is hanging out with his pals during the game.

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It’s clear Appalachian State is proud of its hometown boy-turned-country star.

Luke’s schedule is only getting busier from here.

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New single. New lyric video. Link in bio.

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As he releases his third single, “One Number Away,” to country radio, Luke is also gearing up to launch his “Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour” starting Feb. 1. To go from an unknown act to headlining your own tour is quite a feat, and Luke tells us he’s just trying to hold on as his career continues taking off like a rocket.

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“It really does feel like that, man,” Luke says. “It seems like every week it gets crazier. It’s definitely a rocket ship.”

You can find his tour dates at, but we’ve got to warn you that a lot of his shows are already sold out. That includes a two-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Feb. 2 and 3.

The hits won’t stop for Luke anytime, either. He just posted this video clip from the studio where he’s currently recording the follow-up to his hit debut album, “This One’s for You.”

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