The 2016 CMA Fest kicks off June 9 in Nashville, and this year’s lineup features a wealth of up-and-coming talent. Over the next week, we’ll be spotlighting rising artists we think you should make a point to check out while you’re at the festival. Today, we’re shining a light on Luke Combs, one of our favorite new artists coming out the Appalachian region.
Country music loves a good ol’ boy, and Combs is the genuine article. The 25-year-old singer cut his teeth playing country music while attending Appalachian State Universtiy in Boone, N.C., a mountain town that’s long been a hotbed for country music. Combs began his musical career in 2011, and since then, word of his talent has come down from the mountain, into Nashville and spread around the country. His self-released single, “Hurricane,” has become a cult favorite and helped him gain a huge following online and around the Southeast.
Learn more about his sounds and style in this video from our New Nashville series.
What makes Comb stand out among his peers is his voice. The 25-year-old singer has a powerful vocal control that screams authentic country. You can’t miss his shows, either. He’s known for putting on a hell of a performance.
Catch Combs at the 2016 CMA Fest from 11:10-11:35 AM on Thursday, June 9 at the Chevrolet Cruze Stage.