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THE B-SIDE
Luke Combs (River House Artists/Columbia Nashville)
3/14/17

WHAT IT IS: With gritty, grizzled vocals, brazen songwriting talent and one hell of a live show, this 27-year-old Asheville, North Carolina, native stormed onto the country music landscape as a force to be reckoned with. Named a “2017 Artist To Watch” by Amazon Music, Bobby Bones, CMT, Huffington Post, Nashville Lifestyles, Pandora and Rolling Stone, he is set to release his debut album, This One’s For You, this summer. His debut smash radio single, “Hurricane,” amassed a staggering 44m streams and is quickly becoming a staple anthem for country fans. After time at Appalachian State, this true road warrior built his avid fanbase, delivering more than 200 rowdy, hold-nothing-back shows per year. By the time he followed his calling to Nashville, he had an army of fans behind him, three self-released EPs and a set list full of songs that are true, authentic and platform his signature modern-throwback sound.
ALBUM: This One’s For You
RELEASE DATE: Summer 2017
SINGLE: “Hurricane”
LIVE: Performed over 120 shows in the past year with headlining dates including sold-out shows at Coyote Joe’s (3.4k tickets), 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis (1.6k tickets), 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (1.2k tickets); currently on tour with Brantley Gilbert on his Devil Don’t Sleep Tour through September 2017; recently wrapped his sold-out headlining tour; Bonnaroo, Tortuga, Stagecoach on deck
INTERNET: Official music video gains more than 1.5m views per week, has surpassed 10m total views; single is #4 most-streamed country song this week, has garnered more than 44m total streams to date
RADIO: Single crossed into the Top 20 on airplay chart at only 18 weeks; named iHeart’s spring 2017 “On The Verge” artist; first artist chosen by Bobby Bones for his “Class of 2017” artists to watch list
PRESS: Rolling Stone (“With a modern-throwback sound and grizzled vocals, Combs’ album hits all the backwoods bullet points [romance, beers, growing up, knowing who you are], but he does it with uniquely fun, clever songs”; “One of the most anticipated country albums in 2017”), HuffPost, Nashville Lifestyles, more
BOOKING: Aaron Tannenbaum, John Huie, Scott Clayton, Sam Forbert/CAA
PUBLISHING: Big Machine Music/50 Egg Music/Straight Dimes Publishing
MANAGEMENT: KAPPY/Make Wake Management