Country newcomer Luke Combs has only been making his own music for about five years now, but it seems like he’s pretty much gotten the hang of it.
After building a sturdy grassroots fan base on the strength of rowdy live shows and homemade EPs, Combs moved to Nashville in 2014 and co-wrote each of the 12 songs on his first full-length album, This One’s for You – including his storm-ravaged debut single, “Hurricane.” Now, the Asheville, North Carolina, native has filmed an official music video for the song.
Shot in what looks like a sleepy coastal town, Combs’ video features a couple of love birds getting caught in a midnight downpour, but “Hurricane” is actually a clever play on words about a different force of nature – the careless, casual destruction caused by a dark-haired heartbreaker.
Combs tells Rolling Stone Country “Hurricane” was actually the first song he wrote after moving to Nashville, so it’s a full circle moment for it to become his first single and video. Especially since early on it seemed like the rock-centric mid-tempo track might never make it to land.
“I had the title ‘Hurricane’ in my phone, and everyone was kind of like, ‘Eh, what is that about?’ And I’m like, ‘I agree. I don’t know what it’s about either,'” he explains. “But there was something different about it. We were sitting around having a conversation and one of my buddies was like, ‘I’ve got this friend that was dating this girl,’ and it was kind of a Nashville thing where he didn’t want to go out because he was afraid he was gonna see her and he didn’t know if he could handle that. So we tried to meet that idea in the middle with this title ‘Hurricane’ and see what we can come up with.'”
Luke Combs is currently on tour with Corey Smith, with cross-country dates scheduled through December 2nd. His debut album, This One’s for You, is set for release sometime this fall.