Luke Combs surpassed his expectations. When the North Carolina native relocated to Nashville in 2014, he saw everybody around him was “hot,” high and had “abs,” triggering him to second-guess his choice to pursue a profession in c and w, as he confessed in a current interview. “I didn’t have a possibility, brother,” he stated with a laugh on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “I’m going, ‘Well, cool, I’ll simply compose tunes for these good-looking felines. … That’ll be great with me.'” This is the buddy to the nation vocalist’s 2022 record, “Growin’ Up.”Getty Images for SiriusXM And so Combs got to work, putting in numerous hours to ideal the intricate art of songwriting in between reservation gigs of his own for some additional money. It settled– in more methods than one. Now a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year who offers out the exact same football arenas as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, Combs is on his 4th album, “Gettin’ Old” (out Friday). It’s a master class in lyricism and the greatest proof yet that he was born to do this. The 33-year-old co-wrote 15 of his 18 brand-new tunes, bending his reliable abilities with a pen and paper while likewise letting his robust voice skyrocket like never ever previously. “Gettin’ Old” includes the hit single “Love You Anyway.”FilmMagic The opening track, “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old,” works as a bridge in between Combs’ newest record and its honestly underwhelming 2022 buddy, “Growin’ Up.” He sings about finding out to adapt to middle the adult years, with poignant lines like “That hourglass we have do not last permanently.” (One might argue it’s his “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman.”) “Gettin’ Old” has all the essential components of a basic nation album: a reflective midtempo about a rural town (“Back 40 Back”), a piano ballad regreting the cost of popularity (“The Part”), an acoustic ditty about a summertime fling 15-some years ago (“Tattoo on a Sunburn”) and even a cover of among the best tunes of perpetuity (Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”). Combs’ magic touch makes the coming-of-age task so much more than yet another ordinary release out of Music City. The album likewise consists of a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”WireImage His writing is simple, leaving no space for misconception and making sure that each track has the exact same sense of relatability that has actually made him among the most cherished artists in his category for almost a years. Combs belts about the ecstasy that includes finding one’s function on the guaranteed, single-worthy “You Found Yours,” and the string-laden “Love You Anyway”– the most spectacular entry in his songbook loaded with first-dance favorites– is an ode to the undying love he has for his better half, Nicole (“If you turned your back on me and left/ Not a thing about the method I feel would alter,” he marvels). There are likewise individual discuss “See Me Now,” a boot-tapping homage to his late grandpas and the important things they didn’t live to experience, along with “Joe,” an event of his enjoyed ones who’ve accomplished sobriety (“Here’s to great days and much better tomorrows/ And a light at the end of the bottle”). Combs and his spouse, Nicole, are anticipating their 2nd child.FilmMagic At times, Combs is more susceptible than he’s ever been. On “Take You With Me,” the future daddy of 2 wish for his 9-month-old kid, Tex, to remain young permanently so that they can keep doing “whatever together.” For more Page Six you enjoy … Listen to our weekly “We Hear” podcastSubscribe to our day-to-day newsletterShop our unique merch The excellent “5 Leaf Clover,” on the other hand, discovers the Grammy candidate attempting to understand his huge success not simply as an artist however likewise an other half, dad, boy and pal. “I understand I’m a fortunate male, however I ain’t sure why I am,” he muses. “‘Cause it ain’t like anybody is worthy of the world in the palm of their hand.” The Grammy candidate’s 2023 world trip starts on March 25. Getty Images for SiriusXM While the bulk of “Gettin’ Old” concentrates on today, Combs would’ve been remiss not to consist of some fond memories on an album about getting in a brand-new chapter. He takes it back to high school on the Springsteen-esque stadium-rock jam “Hannah Ford Road,” which has to do with slipping around town for some after-class hanky-panky with a lady who’s “hot as Alabama in June.” Combs even handles to make the imaginary “Where the Wild Things Are” sound autobiographical, informing a wistful tale of 2 bros who reside on opposite coasts and decline to let physical range obstruct of their bond– till among them, the vagabond who had actually left West, satisfies an awful end. Combs is a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year.Getty Images The concept of death looms throughout the wonderful “Gettin’ Old,” as it performs in life. Take “My Song Will Never Die”. On the Eric Church-co-written tune, Combs shares his hope that his brochure will have a long lasting effect even after he’s dead and gone. “I’ll set this guitar,” he croons, “and somebody else can sing my tunes.” And what a tradition he’ll leave.