WATCH: Small-Town Boy Luke Combs Has Always Loved the Chaos of NYC

November 21, 2019

-By Joe Cingrana

Asheville, NC native Luke Combs is a small-town boy with a big appetite for success. Currently enjoying the number 1 spot on the Country charts, his seventh consecutive number 1, with "Even Though I'm Leaving," Combs dropped by New York's Country 94.7 in New York City to sit down for a chat with morning host Kelly Ford and some lucky fans.

"I've always been enamored with New York," says Combs. "I didn't grow up necessarily in the sticks, but I grew up in a middle-class suburb of Asheville, NC which is a very small city. So, I remember one of the first time I came here was when I was in High School, I was in the tenth grade and I came here on a high school chorus trip and we stayed really close to Times Square... just a very touristy view of New York. But I've always appreciated... there's like this freedom to being here which I feel like I can't get in other places now."

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"I am at this point in my life and career where I'm very recognizable. It's hard to not recognize the 300lb guy with the neckbeard in the store -- and then you're like, 'Oh, that's the only guy in the world that's 300lbs with a neckbeard.' So being able to come here, it's one of the few places I think, right now, where I can genuinely go and feel like I can turn it off a little bit. Which is what I love about it, you know, I can just blend into the mass."

It's that highly-coveted private time to sit down like a gentleman and enjoy himself that is obviously missing from his hometown life.

"That's something that I don't get to do a lot," he admits. "If I'm here and I want to go out and get dinner or get a cup of coffee or get a bagel or whatever it is, I just go do it and I don't have to think about it. Sometimes when I'm home, it is tough to do things. Because, right now at this point in my career, I'm a recognizable guy and I live in a place where people know I live there, and they expect to see me around; they know what I drive, and they know where I live. 

"So being able to be here... there's so much chaos going on all the time. The horns and you're almost in a wreck every ten seconds... to me there's this incredible peacefulness to that that I don't feel like I get all the time."

Watch the interview above. Luke Combs' latest album What You See Is What You Get is out now!