Luke Combs Spills the T on College, Homicide and His First Paying Gig


Country music fans are enjoying Luke Combs’ authenticity almost as much as they’re enjoying his chart-topping songs, and that authenticity was on full display when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently.

[RELATED: Luke Combs Announces What You See is What You Get Tour for 2020]

The humble and hilarious country star got a good bit of highly coveted couch time to chat with Jimmy and he told the late-night show host that he had dropped out of college to devote more time to music. It wasn’t a difficult decision, though. “I was a pretty bad student,” he said. “I had been in school for five years at that point and I had been singing my whole life, and I didn’t understand that you could do something you like and people will pay you for it.”

He went on to reveal that he was studying criminal justice and his college career goal was to be a homicide detective. “But if you’ve noticed, I don’t have the physical build of a police officer necessarily,” he joked.

[RELATED: Luke Combs Keeps It Simple With New Music Video For “Even Though I’m Leaving” [Watch]]

Luke added that while in college, he had three jobs: bouncer, musician and shirt folder for Izod. He also lived above the bar that he was a bouncer at.

Being logical and business-minded, Luke asked the bar owner if he could play at that club, but was told that they weren’t allowed to have music because of the residence upstairs. So, the enterprising entertainer went to the bar across the street and brought 200 people into the venue on a Wednesday night. When he reported back to the bar where he bounced, they scheduled him for a show.

Of course, Luke also performed “Even Though I’m Leaving” and “1, 2 Many” while visiting the popular show.