For a guy who told Rolling Stone Country that his “cool factor isn’t having one,” Luke Combs certainly knows how to show some cool. Earlier this year, the “Hurricane” singer did an acoustic version of Brooks & Dunn’s hit single, “Brand New Man.” And it’s amazing!
Making it His Own
Luke Combs has that bare country sound that can sing just about anything. In a performance recorded for the Sony music Nashville series, Live @ 1201, the rising star made some waves with his cover of Brooks and Dunn’s 1991 smash hit. And what made it even more impressive: it was acoustic.
The North Caroline native was backed on instrumentals and vocals by his two guitarists, Tyler King and Rob Williford. But what made it most interesting is that he didn’t do a cover that simply imitated Ronnie Dunn’s smooth sound. Instead, he brought his own unique sound to the track. Combs’ was an earthier, grittier version. He sustained notes longer and added some throaty vocals.
Not only was it a fun change from his usual music, but definitely one that paid homage to a band he loves. (Combs wore a Brooks & Dunn t-shirt on the red carpet at the CMT Awards).
You can hear his version in the video below.
A Rising Star
Combs is an easygoing guy who made his name through hard work and relentless touring. And it paid off. His debut album, This One’s for You took the No. 1 spot on the Country Album’s chart following its release.
Additionally, he was nominated for the CMA New Artist of the Year Award. (Jon Pardi took home that prize, however). With his work ethic, amiability, and soulful voice, he was one of 2017’s biggest successes. No doubt he will continue into 2018 (he’s already scheduled additional 2018 tour dates).