Luke Combs Hasn’t Met Tracy Chapman Yet
Luke Combs won a CMA Award last week (11/8) for Single of The Year for his remake of the Tracy Chapman classic “Fast Car.” Chapman also won the Song of the Year (an award given to the songwriter) for Luke’s version of her song. With that, she became the first African American woman ever to win a CMA Award.
Backstage after his win, I asked Combs if he ever thought he would win a CMA for a song he first heard in his dad’s truck as a kid and loved since he was little. He told me, “Definitely not. I definitely had no idea that would be going on. It’s insane, really, the journey. I remember sitting in my apartment, and I was teaching myself to play guitar at 21 years old, spending just days and days trying to teach myself how to play that lick, which we all know and is so iconic. I finally figured it out after about a month and a half or two months. I was so new at playing guitar, but I knew I wanted to play that song.”
He continued, “I remember the first time I got it down, then I tried to sing while I was playing it, and I couldn’t do it because it was so advanced for where I was as a guitar player. And then it took me a few more months to be able to sing it and play it at the same time. It’s been a long journey; that song has been a huge part of my life for a long time. All credit to Tracy for writing one of the best songs ever written. It’s insane to be holding this for sure.”
Luke also shared backstage that he has yet to come face-to-face with Chapman. He said, “You know I haven’t met Tracy. We haven’t communicated outside of our official correspondence to each other. But that is something that I hope to do one day in the future.”
He concluded, “I think she was a trendsetting, barrier-breaking artist when she came out, and she continues to be that to this day. I think tonight is proof of that, and I’m super humbled to be a super small part of that.”