ACM and Grammy-nominated Luke Combs brought his headlining Beer Never Broke My Heart tour to a sold-out crowd last night in New York City. Opening up for Combs was singer-songwriter and one of our Swag Spotlights, Jameson Rodgers, who was playing in the big apple for the first time ever.
Rodgers kicked off the unforgettable evening after a quick introduction from Nash FM’s Kelly Ford and Jesse Addy. His half-hour long set started with a few of his own songs including “Midnight Day Dream”, “Girls That Smoke”, and “Some Girls”. He also shocked the crowd when he played two big hits he wrote for Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane. This was Rodgers first time playing for a crowd in NYC and he definitely impressed, leaving the stage with new fans. Rodgers announced that he will be back in the city this year at Mercury Lounge.
Luke Combs took the stage with a red solo cup in hand and the crowd went wild. Combs started his set with boot stomping, right out of the 90’s song “Honky Tonk Highway”. The intense energy from Combs and the crowd continued as he performed hit songs from his debut album “Out There” and “When It Rains It Pours” and “Must’ve Never Met You”.
Combs then interacted with the crowd to talk about how insane his year has been already. He told fans that he has new music coming out this year and the crowd went wild. He played a few of those songs and excited to hear new music, the fans were taking in every moment. The songs aren’t even released yet, but it is apparent that they will definitely be smash hits for the singer-songwriter.
Before the next song, Combs talked to the crowd about how he won a CMA Award for Best New Artist, being nominated for 2 ACM Awards, and a Grammy. Most recently, he made history when his 5th single, “Beautiful Crazy” hit the top of the charts. After all of the success he has seen, he lovingly explained that the most important part of the year last year was getting engaged. “You know it doesn’t matter what you look like, doesn’t matter if you’re short or tall, fat or skinny, black or white. If you’re a guy out there with a girl you’re trying to impress, you should write her a song. Cause that’s what I did. The song went number one and she’s going to be my wife now,” he said. “I would love for you to be the first ones to sing it since it went number one”. Check out our exclusive video clip from the beautiful song on our Instagram below.
It wasn’t only the major singles that have hit the number one spot that the fans were singing, every single the audience knew every word, including album cuts. It is a true testament to the artist, his songwriting ability and how relatable his lyrics are. Combs continued to play songs off of his debut album including “This One’s for You” where Combs pays homage to his family, friends, and fans for supporting him on this crazy ride.
“I want you to sing this so loud that there is no way they won’t put me in Madison Square [Garden] next year,” the singer exclaimed and did his audience listen, it was the loudest crowd we’ve heard in a long time when he performed his first single “Hurricane”. He closed out his encore with Brooks and Dunn’s “Brand New Man” which he sings as a duet with the duo on their forthcoming album, Reboot, and his own “She Got the Best of Me”.
We’ve watched Luke Combs’ career blossom since first seeing him back in January 2017, just after naming him a NYCountry Swag 2017 Artist to Watch. Click here to throwback to a piece we wrote about Combs’ very first NYC show back in 2017 and head to lukecombs.com for remaining tour dates.
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