Luke Combs performing with Riley Green

Riley Green and Luke Combs’ ‘Different ‘Round Here’ Hits No. 1 on Country Radio

February 12, 2024 5:39 pm GMT

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Riley Green has earned his third No. 1 with the Luke Combs-assisted ‘Different ‘Round Here’, which he re-recorded last year as part of his acclaimed Ain't My Last Rodeo project.

The rowdy, down-home anthem was originally made available as part of Riley's debut full-length album of the same name, which he dropped in 2019. Despite not being sent to Country Radio at the time, the uptempo track has remained a fan-favourite and a staple of the Alabama native's setlist. As a result, Riley decided to re-release the song as a blockbuster collaboration with Luke Combs and make it his latest single.

The decision has certainly paid off, with the high-energy sound and themes of rural pride combining to showcase Riley Green's trademark brand of lifestyle country, while Luke Combs’ charismatic delivery sends a fizz of electricity surging through the track.

It'll be fascinating to see which song the ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’ hitmaker chooses as his follow-up single, with Riley's previous No. 1 plaques coming courtesy of ‘There Was This Girl’ and the beer-soaked Thomas Rhett collaboration, ‘Half Of Me’.

The sinuous ‘Mississippi Or Me’, which has been one of the best-streaming songs from Ain't My Last Rodeo, will be a candidate, as will Riley's unexpected Jelly Roll duet, ‘Copenhagen in a Cadillac’. However, with Jelly already having two songs - ‘Halfway To Hell’ and his Dustin Lynch duet, ‘Chevrolet’ - on Country Radio at the moment, Riley's team might hold off on sending this one to the airwaves for now.

Alternatively, a lot of fans would love to see Riley Green choosing a comparatively stripped-back, introspective option, such as the album's title-track, ‘My Last Rodeo’, which movingly recalls his grandfather's last days in hospital.

It's a quietly motivational tear-jerker in the mould of Riley's best known song to date, ’I Wish Grandpas Never Died’, a track many expected to hit the top spot at Country Radio in 2019.

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Written by Maxim Mower
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