It was only a few years ago that Luke Combs went from a country artist playing dive bars and college towns to one of the most beloved new stars in country music. He's had countless hits in Nashville thanks to his incredible voice and serious skills as a songwriter and has reached the point where he's making his rounds at music festivals and tours around the country. But despite his success over the past couple of years and even his recent marriage last year to Nicole Hocking, he never forgot where he came from or took his family for granted. In fact, the CMA and ACM Award winner even made it possible for his parents, Rhonda and Chester, to retire early.
"I helped both of my parents retire, which has been a really amazing experience," Combs explained to CMT in an interview where he also admitted that his late grandfather was his number one fan. He apparently even gave his Ford Fusion to his parents a few years ago after he started making money off his music. Could the guy get any more likable?
"And that decision was solely predicated on being able to spend more time with my parents as they get older, and watching that happen has been not only a joy for me but a great way for them to have the financial freedom and the ability to come out and experience some of these awesome things that I get to do, you know, right by my side. Which I wouldn't trade it for anything."
The country music star previously told Country 102.5 that he really looked up to his parents, comparing them to "superheroes." They must have been very supportive when Combs decided not to finish college after high school in order to pursue his music career.
"My superheroes are my parents, they did a whole lot for me growing up and I think I turned out alright. And I think in today's crazy world that's a pretty incredible achievement in itself," Combs said. "My parents instilled a lot of great things in me, I think. You know, treating others the way you want to be treated. I think is a really important thing and really surrounding yourself with the right people I think is always something that's super important. Having a lot of really great friends around. And just being a good person in general, I think that's some skills that have served me well, and I have my parents to thank."