A life-changing summer for Luke Combs includes the Thursday release of commercially unreleased material, mostly through clips from his live shows.
His latest reveal, "Reasons," was posted on Twitter last Thursday (July 11). The acoustic questioning of the norm starts off with one of Combs' go-to topics: alcohol. "Don't know why you can't buy wine 'round here on Sunday, or an ice-cold beer at a college football game" begins the newer cut from modern country's everyman. Those light-hearted lines quickly give way to a couple of more serious matters: spirituality and heartbreak.
Prior new songs teased on Twitter were the '90s throwback '1,2 Many" and the love song "Better Together." A fourth song released this Thursday (July 18) would cap off quite the week for Combs. On Tuesday (July 16), he was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by the multi-generational team of Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, the Gatlin Brothers, Craig Morgan, Mark Wills, Dustin Lynch and Chris Janson. At age 29, Combs is the second youngest member behind 25-year-old peer and recent inductee Kelsea Ballerini.
"It's pretty hard to find anything to say that makes me feel like I wouldn't sound like an idiot right now," Combs said during his induction. "Here I am on stage with people I grew up listening to and people who have shaped me as an artist. I just want to say thank you to you guys, thank you to the Grand Ole Opry, and thank you to the fans--without you all, there is no country music, there is no Grand Ole Opry. Thank you so much for everything you guys do for making this possible for guys like us on this stage."
These summertime song teasers come across as a way for Combs to thank fans for making a string of commercial hits and industry honors a reality.