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Luke Combs

The Prequel EP – 2019 (Sony Music Nashville)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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The saying, 'Strike while the iron's hot,' applies to many situations, but especially to the music business. The scene moves so fast these days that this last year's star could be this year's 'Where are they now?' Luke Combs moved quickly up the country music popularity ladder, so he's smart to put out this five-song EP between full-lengths.

First single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart," is a throwaway tune, built upon a solidly thumping, Waylon Jennings-like groove. However, Combs has a wonderfully distinctive singing voice, and like Chris Stapleton, most everything he sings is worth a listen - even a lighthearted drinking song like this one. "Refrigerator Door" gives Combs something much more substantial in which to dig his teeth. We may still put together fancy family photo albums, but few areas sum up the chronology of family life better than the pictures decorating the refrigerator door. "Even Though I'm Leaving," which includes pretty mandolin coloring, speaks to how love remains, even when loved ones are physically separated. "Lovin' On You" is a straightforward, rollicking love song and was made to be turned up loud. The project closes with "Moon Over Mexico," a reflective love song.

Luke Combs is one of the hottest new voices in country music. He appeals to both mainstream and traditional country music fans alike. With "The Prequel EP," Combs adds even more fuel to his growing fire.