Luke Combs Talks New Song “Joe” And Why Variety Is Needed In Country Music
Luke Combs is gearing up to release his new album “Gettin’ Old” on March 24, and he wants fans to know they can expect some variety on the project.
Combs released new song “Joe” from the album on Friday for his fans who may not relate to “Beer Never Broke My Heart” or his other songs extolling the virtues of alcohol.
“Joe” is the story of man who struggled through alcoholism and now dedicates himself to the work of staying sober.
“There's been a bunch of folks in my family that have struggled with alcoholism and things at times, you know, I would think a lot,” Combs told Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music. “We'd go out and you play a show for a hundred people or 10,000 people or whatever it is. You know, our genre is so centric around drinking and partying and having a good time, and alcohol is always associated with that, you know?”
Combs says he likes to drink but has friends who live a sober lifestyle because they have to. He teamed with Erik Dylan and James Slater to write “Joe” for them.
“I just wanted to write it because there's just not a lot of country songs that aren't all about drinking or what,” Combs said. “It's like, being on the other side of that, I think, can be really hard if you're a fan of our genre. And so I wanted there to be a song in there for those people, too, because I don't think that they ever get spoken to very much.”
Combs recently revealed the entire 18-song tracklist that includes fan-favorite “5 Leaf Clover” and a version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”
“Gettin' Old” will be available March 24 and is a companion to his acclaimed 2022 record, “Growin' Up.”