Luke Combs turned the CMT Music Awards into a party-ready “barroom” Wednesday evening (June 9) from Nashville’s Assembly Hall with his rendition of “Cold As You,” a track from his 2020 deluxe album What You See Ain’t Always What You Get. He penned the song alongside Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton and Shane Minor.
The burly-voiced singer-songwriter poured both frustration and freedom into his uptempo performance, as the song’s protagonist compares elements of a time-honored honky-tonk to how an ex-lover has done him wrong.
A bunch of good time numbers on the stall door/A picture of you on a dart board/Them cinder block walls ain’t ever been cleaned/Still ain’t as dirty as you done me, he sings.
Combs is a double nominee for this year’s awards and has previously taken home a CMT honor in 2019 for CMT Performance of the Year, for his collaboration with Leon Bridges.
Hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 “CMT Music Awards” airs Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.