For a performance of his 2019 single “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” which appears on both his EP The Prequel and his latest album What You See Is What You Get, Combs rocked out onstage in a trucker hat and his longtime backing band, including Tyler King and Rob Williford on guitar, a banjo player, keyboard player, and drummer. Combs’ no frills set was solely based around his impassioned vocals.
The North Carolina singer again let his husky vocals do the work while he sang the country anthem “Lovin’ on You.” During the nostalgia-tinged track, Combs, in a vintage Hank Williams Jr. T-shirt, serenaded the audience with lines about fishing, Miller Lite, and one of his chief influences, Brooks & Dunn.
Ahead of his SNL debut, Combs appeared in a promo for the show with Watt and Aidy Bryant, where the SNL cast member declared it was “Big Boy Week over here at SNL.” When Watt asks if Bryant is scared, she responds that she “can hang. ‘Trucks, beer, country music, hoorah!” she adds, to which Combs responds, “We also like tractors.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Combs discussed being relatable to his fans. “I don’t think there is a wall between me and my audience,” Combs said. “There’s not anything that makes people go, ‘Oh, I can never be like that guy.’”
Combs released his sophomore album What You See Is What You Get in November. On February 7th, the singer will kick off his What You See Is What You Get Tour, featuring Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker as opening acts on the road. He’ll also perform two stadium concerts with Tim McGraw this summer one in L.A. and the other in Philadelphia.