It’s been out for a week now, and it’s been a heckuva week for Luke Combs. In addition to releasing his new EP, The Prequel, Luke appeared on the main stage at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium for CMA Music Festival. Then, just a few days later, he achieved what many call the pinnacle in country music—he was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.
All of that success can be pointed to several things, including Luke’s insane work ethic, innate talent and audience engagement, but one fact that continues to rise to the surface is the singer- songwriter’s commitment to bona fide traditional country music and The Prequel serves to further deepen that conviction.
The five-song EP is easily identifiable as a Luke Combs collection. Filled with the earthy, rich rumble that makes his voice so recognizable, the tunes are effortlessly filled with the elements that make country music so magical—lyrics that set a scene or tell a story and production that is equally attentive to the arrangement, musicianship and vocals.
Fans are already enjoying Luke’s anthem summer thumper, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” but that is the lightest fare on this musical menu. Back-to-back ballads “Refrigerator Door” are nostalgic and melancholy as the singer ponders his youth captured in treasured memories in one and faces the struggle of saying goodbye in the other. It’s a tearjerker, much like Patty Loveless’ “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye.”
Fortunately, Luke wraps the album on a more upbeat note. “Lovin’ On You” is a fun summer romp that reads like a checklist of the necessities for country living, but sounds like pure boot- scootin’ deliciousness. And “Moon Over Mexico” is romantic, picturesque, and as dreamy as summer love. We can’t help but think this may be another nod to his fiancée, Nicole, much like “Beautiful Crazy.”
With “Beer Never Broke My Heart” already nearing the top of the country singles chart, we’ll likely hear another tune from this collection as a follow-up single. Keep in mind, Luke and his team released five songs from his major label debut, This One’s For You, and with The Prequel, the singer easily has five more singles.
We’re looking at a nice, long, magical country music career. here.
Luke Combs’ The Prequel Track Listing:
1. “Beer Never Broke My Heart” (Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton)
2. “Refrigerator Door” (Combs, Jordan Brooker)
3. “Even Though I’m Leaving” (Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher)
4. “Lovin’ On You” (Combs, Thomas Archer, Fulcher, James McNair)
5. “Moon Over Mexico” (Combs, Fulcher, Dan Isbell, Singleton)