Luke Combs – Salem, VA – March 1, 2018

Luke Combs - Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour

Luke Combs – Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time Tour
With Special Guests
Ashley McBryde
Drew Parker

With Special Guests Ashley McBryde
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Salem Civic Center
Salem, VA

Presented by NS2Frank Productions



Combs partners with Ticketmaster Verified Fan to combat scalpers and plans first-ever shows in Australia, Canada and Europe

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Nashville, Tenn. – With back-to-back multi-week No. 1 hit singles to his credit, breakthrough star Luke Combs extends his sold-out fall headlining Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time Tour to spring 2018, adding 25 shows including his two-night debut at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on February 2 and 3.  Special guest Ashley McBryde joins Combs for the full-throttle party set to kick off February 1. Partnering with Ticketmaster Verified Fan to ensure tickets stay away from scalpers and in the hands of fans, Combs is offering fans the first opportunity to access tickets through his Bootleggers fan club pre-sale powered by Verified Fan. Pre-sale begins Nov. 15 and public on-sale starts Nov. 17. To purchase tickets, visit

“We took the whole ‘Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time Tour’ a little too literal and decided to tempt the fans with extending the tour. The fans have shown up ready for a good time every single date this fall and with spring just around the corner, we decided – hell, this is too damn fun to stop,” shares Combs. “We added 25 dates in 2018 and found the one and only Ashley McBryde and her outlaw attitude and asked her to come out on the road with us. I’ve had the time of my life out here with the fans this fall and can’t wait to take this show on into the new year.”

Combs embarks on his first international tour dates this Spring taking his headlining good-time tour to Canada and joining lineups for CMC Rocks festival in Australia and C2C Festival dates in London, Dublin and Glasglow. News of the upcoming dates comes amid the knockout success of Combs’ first-ever headlining tour, which launched in October to record-setting sales and rocked a packed house of more than 5500 this past weekend at Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth, TX.  Dates on the current tour continue through December, with every show completely sold out.

Now certified GOLD, “When It Rains It Pours” marked the North Carolina native’s second multi-week No. 1 single of the year—following the PLATINUM-certified “Hurricane”—both featured on his acclaimed full-length debut album, This One’s For You.  The accomplishment makes Combs the first solo male since Sam Hunt (with 2014’s multi-Platinum Montevallo) to achieve back-to-back No. 1 country singles from a debut album.

Entirely co-written by Combs, This One’s For You debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and has consistently remained among the Top 10 country albums since its release in June.

This One’s for You

Watching Luke Combs give his all during a sweaty, jam-packed show in Nashville for rowdy fans and radio power-players is to understand why he’s come so far, so quickly. Both onstage in front of thousands or alone in a room with his guitar, the North Carolina singer-songwriter knows who he is, where he comes from and where he wants to go. And on his debut album for River House Artists/Columbia Nashville, This One’s for You, he invites listeners to share in his remarkable journey.

Like its title suggests, the album is a sincere offering of thanks: to his mom and dad who gave him his first guitar; to the friends who made up his first band; and especially to the fans who supported him since his humble days singing in restaurants in Boone, North Carolina. It was those very gigs, nightly three-hour marathons at eateries around the college town, that taught Luke how to grab – and hold – the attention of his audience.

“My strategy was if I could sing my ass off on cover songs like Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man,’ that’d get people to put their food down for a minute. Then I’d play an original song right after that and I’d have them,” says Luke.

The shrewd idea worked, and soon the young artist with a knack for crafting imagery-rich, real-life songs was building a solid fan base, one that would follow him to bars throughout North Carolina or online via the viral YouTube and Vine performance videos he posted. Aware that he was capturing lightning in a bottle, he assembled some of his most popular tracks for a series of successful EPs and, with their impressive sales, was able to finance a move to Nashville.

Luke, who was working two “mega brutal” jobs, at a go-kart track and at an outlet store, gave his notice and split. “I quit my jobs and haven’t had one since,” he says “That was ‘making it’ to me.”

But the ballcap-and-boots singer is selling himself short, because the exceptional This One’s for You and its hit single “Hurricane” portend much more is to come.

A collection of 12 songs all written by Luke, often with frequent collaborators Ray Fulcher and James McNair, This One’s for You paints the most relatable of pictures. Songs like the driving “Hurricane” and the cautionary “One Number Away” capture the essence of heartbreak and bad decisions, while the winking “When It Rains It Pours” and boozy “Beer Can” celebrate life’s little victories. In every song on the album, there’s at least one lyric that will elicit a knowing “I’ve been there” from fans.

And that’s the other secret to Luke’s grass-roots success. His fans see themselves reflected in both his songs and his everyguy demeanor. Just like them, he busts his back so he can appreciate even the smallest of luxuries.

“I’m a guy you can go have a beer with and not worry that I’m gonna talk about Maseratis and exotic vacations,” he laughs, exuding a refreshing innocence. “I would love to go to the Cayman Islands as much as the next guy, but I don’t even have a passport. I had never been on a plane until I was 25. So the fans see I’m a lot like them. They see I’m working hard – especially with my songs. I didn’t just go pick out a bunch of songs that I thought people would relate to.”

Instead, he lived them and harnessed those experiences for his lyrics. In the moody, vulnerable “One Number Away,” he’s tempted with dialing those forbidden digits. “How many people have ever had too much to drink and picked up their cellphone and called someone they shouldn’t have?” he asks. “Everyone has done that.”

Likewise, everyone has cringed when they have unexpectedly bumped into their ex at a bar. Which is why “Hurricane” was such a breakthrough for Luke: he captured that universal awkwardness perfectly, not in a ballad, but in a roof-raising sing-along that has become a cornerstone of his concerts.

But even Luke will tell you that his best songs are the ones that bust common phrases wide open. In “Don’t Tempt Me,” he dares you to show him a good time; “Be Careful What You Wish For” laments the things he no longer has; and in “I Got Away With You,” he delivers a manly love song about making off with his lady’s heart.

It’s the Nineties country homage “When It Rains It Pours,” however, that best shows off Luke’s way with words, as he celebrates a deluge of good fortune after a breakup. It’s an exceptionally thought-out song, with lyrics that eschew the abstract for the concrete. A winning scratch-off ticket, a waitress’s number on the back of a check and a used four-wheeler all figure into the narrative.

“It reminds me of a Brad Paisley song, when he does those really cheeky, clever songs like ‘I’m Gonna Miss Her,'” says Luke. “I’m influenced a lot by the smart lyrics of Paisley and especially Eric Church. I love writing about old sayings and colloquialisms and flipping them upside-down.”

Luke does likewise with “This One’s for You,” the album’s title track and its high-water mark. While its title may hint at a beer-drinking anthem, it’s actually a love note to the ones who’ve supported him along the way. “There are a couple people that I owe a beer to / and three or four I owe more than a few,” he sings in the opening line.

“My friends, the guys in my band and my parents helped me through so much and were always very encouraging. That’s where this song was born from and why it’s very special to me,” he says. “I named the album that because it sums up my whole life.”

In the end, This One’s for You, produced by Scott Moffatt, showcases a singer and writer unafraid to tell his story without pretension or from behind a false front. In a genre that throws around words like “genuine” and “real” with abandon, few artists so earn those adjectives like Luke. He is the walking, writing and singing embodiment of three chords and the truth.

“There’s no smoke and mirrors with me. There was never any point where I picked up the guitar and said, ‘I want to be a country singer.’ I just wrote songs and they were country songs,” he says. “Now I get to live my life writing and playing for people around the country. What a cool thing, right?”



Video for hit SiriusXM “Highway Find” captures a “double down dreamer” “gunnin’ for the brighter lights”

 McBryde shares story behind “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega,” here

Nashville, Tenn. – Ashley McBryde, the fierce singer/songwriter who The Tennessean vows is “worth discovering” and Rolling Stone calls a “Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert,” recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut with her heartrending ode-to-self, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” which she released last month due to demand. She also performed her emotive single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” that night, a song that has consistently hoovered in the Top 5 of SiriusXM’s “The Highway’s Top 30.” The video makes its video debut on CMT and in a poignant narrative that was filmed in Watertown, Tennessee, the small town just outside of Music City where the Arkansas-native currently calls home.

McBryde co-wrote “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” with Nicolette Hayford and Jesse Rice, sharing “We had all had a really bad day.  Not ‘one of the worst days of my life,’ but I had one of those days where nothing was going right. I got a crack in my windshield on my way to work, I got sick, and had broken a guitar string all within an hour and a half.  On top of that my co-writer, Jesse, was late, but bless his heart, when he walked in we could tell he had had a night and a morning that was just as rough as ours. That’s how we got on the subject of having the worst day ever, and that’s when Jesse started talking about his car breaking down in Dahlonega, GA.”

So, when it came time to capture the essence of the song, McBryde turned to director and filmmaker, ACM Video of the Year award-winner Reid Long (Eric Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood”), who slated many of McBryde’s friends as extras in the performance scene at the bar just down the road from where that tattooed 33-year-old lives since moving to middle Tennessee by way of Memphis 11 years ago.

“I am really excited and proud that we were able to film it in the Watertown/Lebanon area with real people, having a real-good time,” McBryde adds. “Reid was really able to capture the energy surrounding this song, because you can’t fake something like that.”

McBryde began making headlines while working as an independent singer/songwriter due to her raw lyrics and vocal prowess and has since been tapped to open for the likes of Eric Church, Willie Nelson, and Chris Stapleton.

“A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” are a taste of McBryde’s highly anticipated upcoming album produced by Jay Joyce.

McBryde is set to finish off summer with festival performances across the country before joining Eric Church and The Brothers Osborne on the road for select dates in September. Additionally she will join Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour, opening for Lambert in Des Moines, St. Louis, and Kansas City in March.

“A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” was also added today to CMT’s Next Women of CountrySpotify playlist and is available for purchase here.

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” is available for purchase here.

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