Luke Combs’ song almost went to another country music legend.
During a recent interview with Country Now, Combs and some of his team, Dan Isbell, Jonathan Singleton, Ray Fulcher, Chip Matthews and Rob Williford, discussed the origin of his song “Where The Wild Things Are”, taken from his most recent album. , “I’m getting old.”
Isbell told the outlet that singer Eric Church “almost cut” the song, and it bounced around for a few years, with Isbell saying, “I couldn’t believe this song couldn’t land somewhere.”
“At the time, no one was really doing story songs. I mean, besides Eric Church, probably,” Combs said.
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The song is a story told from the perspective of a young man whose brother leaves his hometown and moves out West. Throughout the song, he recounts his brother’s adventures in his new life, “where the wild things are”, only to discover at the end of the song that he ultimately died in a motorcycle accident.
Although Combs loved the song, he almost abandoned it as he considered it “a really difficult song to sing”, saying “we struggled with it even in the studio”.
“I remember someone said to me, I think it was when me and (Sean) Moffitt were still doing stuff, and I was like, ‘Well, we can’t do that, because I I won’t be able to sing.’ this thing lives like that. And he said to me, “Man, we can’t make the record stupid. You’re going to find out, like, we have to make it as good as possible, and you’re going to find out. I promise.’ So I always remembered that,” Combs said.
“I don’t know how that song never got cut, because it’s a great, great song,” he continued.
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Although Church didn’t end up recording the song, he and Combs worked together in the past on the song “Does to Me,” from Combs’ second studio album, “What You See Is What You Get.”
Combs spoke to Taste of Country in November 2019 about how much it meant to him to collaborate with Church on the song, saying, “He’s been a big influence on me for a very long time.”
“I loved this song when we wrote it in 2016 and thought it sounded like a Church song. We joked that we passed it on to him, but at the time we didn’t “We had no way of contacting him,” Combs wrote on social media. media while promoting the song in January 2020. “A few years passed and we started to think this might actually work.”
“I never wanted Eric to feel like it was something he had to be a part of, but luckily he loved the song when I sent it to him and he helped us take it to a another level,” he continued.
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In August 2023, Combs announced that he was returning to the road, with the Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour 2024, scheduled to begin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in April.
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