By Maxim Mower
Amidst the glamour and glitz of the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, Luke Combs introduced a sense of down-home, stripped-back magic with his moving performance of ‘Going, Going, Gone’.
Opening with nothing more than Luke and his trusty guitar, the North Carolina songsmith delivered the wistful, bittersweet opening verse (“Some things in life are meant to fly / And others, they were born to run / You can't tie them up and leavin' / Like the changing of the seasons / Good things, they come and then they go”).
As he brought in his bandmembers, the ballad grew to its emphatic crescendo, with the song's protagonist accepting the fact that his lover was never really his in the first place.
Although Luke Combs is one of the biggest names in country music, taking to the prestigious Grammys stage presented a unique chance to showcase his talents to potential new listeners outside the genre.
On the basis of his performance, it seems Luke has grabbed this opportunity with both hands, displaying his trademark husky vocals, while also highlighting his ability to flawlessly draw in and build out a song in accordance with its thematic ebbs and flows.
On the illustrious night of the 2023 Grammys, Luke Combs was joined by a star-studded cast of fellow performers, including the show-opener, Bad Bunny, and multiple award-winner, Brandi Carlile.
‘Going, Going, Gone’ is taken from Luke's 2022 album, Growin’ Up, which was nominated for Best Country Album.
The chart-topping singer-songwriter is currently readying his hotly anticipated follow-up project, Gettin’ Old, which is set to be released on March 24. He dropped the lead single for the album, Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old, towards the end of January.
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