With Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen continuing to position themselves at the forefront of country music, they're inevitably pitted against one another by commentators, fans and critics alike.
In a new interview with Grady Smith, Luke Combs was asked whether the constant comparisons between him and Morgan are a source of frustration. Luke brushed off this suggestion, “Not really, no...people always want there to be a rivalry, right? So there was Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean...there was Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney...people always need the yin and yang thing, man. I think it's good for music.”
Luke went on to speak about the increasingly interwoven relationship he seems to share with Morgan Wallen and Zach Bryan, with the trio being considered by many to be the three biggest country stars in the modern landscape. As Grady pointed out, fans often use this to try and create conflict and antagonism between the three via social media comments sections.
The North Carolina songsmith underlined that this is something he has noticed as the three artists have each become more and more successful, “It's interesting, man, it is. You know, we see it too, I'm sure those guys see it all the time, too. It's like you're just constantly compared, when really all three of us are insanely different to one another...all three of us couldn't be more different in a lot of ways, musically speaking”.
As well as reiterating his previous comments that him and Morgan are probably the biggest two acts in the genre at the moment, Luke Combs paid tribute to his Sneedville buddy and the record-breaking run he's currently on, “I mean, I think there's no arguing Morgan is out-streaming everybody in the world by double or something - it's insane, right? I mean, the numbers are insane...it's either him or Taylor Swift at the top [of the Billboard Artist 100], and it's like I'm number four”.
With Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen remaining two of the dominant forces on both the country charts and mainstream rankings, a collaboration would certainly be a seismic moment for the genre. Luke confirmed earlier in the year that the two artists have spoken a handful of times about linking up, with fans keen to see this come to fruition in the near future.
Elsewhere in the interview, Luke Combs spoke about his long-awaited bluegrass album, which he underlined is still on the back-burner, although he's already penned a number of songs for the project, including co-writes with Molly Tuttle, Hailey Whitters and more.
The ‘Love You Anyway’ hitmaker also stressed his appreciation for what 49 Winchester and Brent Cobb are doing for country music, with both artists supporting Luke Combs throughout a number of dates on his blockbuster 2023 world tour.
Luke also gave a shout-out to Pony Bradshaw as another up-and-coming act that he's excited to see grow into a country mainstay.
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