Amidst a stirring evening of high energy performances and once in a lifetime collaborations at the 57th Annual CMA Awards, Luke Combs all but stopped everyone in their tracks on Wednesday night (Nov. 8).
Taking the stage that also played host to the likes of Morgan Wallen, Jelly Roll, Ashley McBryde and a list of country's other big hitters, Combs was the essence of humility as the opening drum beats and piano notes of 'Where the Wild Things Are' sounded inside of Nashville's iconic Bridgestone Arena.
Marking Combs' eighteenth single at country radio, and likely his eighteenth consecutive chart-topper since 2016's 'Hurricane', 'Where the Wild Things Are' has been a fan-favorite ever since its release in March of 2023.
Included on his most recent record, Gettin' Old, the standout tune is different from any of the previous tracks that Combs has shipped to radio thus far.
Told from the perspective of a young man whose free-spirited brother ditches their home town to move out West, the award-winning entertainer proved that he's not afraid to take a risk with this track.
He further proved that lack of fear as he took the moving song to the big stage, with the birds-eye-view of the city lights accentuating the disparity between the easygoing feel of rural life and the fast urbanised, pace pursued by the song's protagonist.
As the evocative would-be-chorus rang out "It's hearts on fire and crazy dreams / Oh, the nights ignite like gasoline / And light up those streets that never sleep when the sky goes dark," the crowd couldn't help but roar along with the North Carolina native, joining together for a rousing choir singalong and screaming its hook: "Out where the wild things are" in chilling unison.
With every line and every note, Combs showed why he successfully secured four nominations across the night's festivities, with the North Carolina megastar's much-loved Tracy Chapman cover, ‘Fast Car’, having already earned the bearded crooner the Single of the Year and Song of the Year awards by the time he took the stage.
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