Luke Combs really knows how to introduce a band with style. While covering The Eagles’ “Take It Easy” on March 25 at the baseball-themed Innings Music Festival in Tempe, Ariz., his bandmates turned a classic rock standard into a country music medley.
Combs, casually owning the stage with red Solo cup in hand, changes things up during an instrumental bridge. First he throws it to lead guitarist Tyler King, who sings a few lines from Toby Keith’s debut 1993 single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”
A drum solo by Jake Sommers and a little time in the limelight for bassist Jake Delaney followed, showing that these country boys excel at more than singing. Then rhythm guitarist and band leader Rob Williford broke out into a brief rendition of early Alan Jackson hit “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” rounding out the backing band showcase in time to resume Combs’ sing-along friendly Eagles cover.
Like Combs, his band all look like normal guys you’d see hanging around your hometown. There’s a charm to that that’s been lost over time as country bands often suit a certain aesthetic. They look like your favorite local band on a grander stage, but they sound like superstars.
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