On June 2nd, 2017 Luke Combs released his much-anticipated debut album titled This One’s For You via Riverhouse Artists/Columbia Nashville. The 27-year-old North Carolina native has had a massive career this year including his debut single “Hurricane” reaching the #1 spot on Billboard Country Airplay.
This One’s For You is a 12 track collaboration of outlaw anthems and love songs. Diverse in every way imaginable, Combs co-wrote each track flawlessly. “Out There” is a track best described as a bonfire anthem. It has an outlaw vibe with some classic country energy. While the smooth and interesting “Memories Are Made Of” is an ode to summer lovin’.
Combs has proved he isn’t afraid to switch his rough redneck style off and turn on a more vulnerable side. The powerful and sincere ballad “Lonely One” is brilliantly written and beautifully sang. Then you have the daunting mid-tempo fan favorite “One Number Away” who Combs penned with his best friend Rob Williford, who is also Comb’s guitar player. Luke Combs out did himself with “I Got Away With You” which puts a unique spin on finding a special person to love. It’s intimate and powerful and vocally robust. Genius.
Among the track listings, Combs included a couple drinkin’ songs that are just as fun as they are catchy such as “Beer Can” and “Don’t Tempt Me.” However, the authentic and apology driven track titled “This One’s For You” is one of the best-written songs on the album alongside the witty and jokey track “When It Rains It Pours” which gives a comical viewpoint on a gloomy situation.
A steady album filled with tirelessly hard work, This One’s For You is hard hitting and authentic. It’s a blueprint of grit and solidarity. A work of art that Comb’s drew relentlessly and passionately. It’s real country music.