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Luke Combs: A Mountaineer even an Eagle could love


January 28, 2016

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    Here in Eagle Nation, we don't find many things coming out of Appalachian State University that we can appreciate. Statesboro's GSU and the Mountaineers' school are division-mates and rivals, and many historic Georgia Southern football moments have come with App State on the other end of the field.
    Fortunately, there is one thing that comes from App State that Boro-dwellers can actually appreciate: country music artist Luke Combs.
    There is no grudge to be held against Combs, who started his solo music journey as a student with Southern's North Carolina competitors. Before his college career, Combs' foray into music began in Asheville, where he began singing at a very young age. He taught himself to play guitar and write songs with aspirations of moving to Nashville, the epicenter of country music. As a student at App State, Combs would perform whenever an opportunity came his way, making quite a name for himself before dropping out to pursue music fulltime.
    Since his shift to fulltime performing, Combs has been constantly on the move. He's touring the nation with his band and sharing his music, which harkens back to classic country. While current country hits lean heavily on a pop sound that helps the artist to cross over into a mainstream audience, Combs' single, "Hurricane," has a lyrical element reminiscent of Garth Brooks — a sound very close to Luke Bryan's best ballads.
    Last year, Combs released his first EP, "This One's For You," which includes "Hurricane" and five other tracks. One, "Memories Are Made Of," is a nostalgic look at great moments of the past and tells a story of when life was less complicated than it is when people grow into adults.
    Experience Combs' songwriting skill and instrumental artistry when he makes a stop at Gnat's Landing on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 p.m.

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