Country music icon, Luke Combs took center stage at the Grand Ole Opry and surprised fans with an unreleased track entitled “Joe” on Saturday, April 24. Now, for the country music fanatics who missed the highly entertaining Opry concert, Combs decided to release “Joe” on social media late at night on Tuesday, May 5.
“A while ago, my buddy Erik Dylan played me a song that we had started with a guy named James Slater. I thought it was really awesome, so we finished it the other day,” says Combs on social media. “I guess the title of this song would be called “Joe.” Let me know what you think.”
A while ago, my buddy Erik Dylan played me a song that he had started with a guy named James Slater. I thought it was real awesome, so we finished it the other day. I guess the title of this song would be called "Joe." Let me know what you think. pic.twitter.com/jz1hkCRejb
— Luke Combs 🎤 (@lukecombs) May 6, 2021
The moving single has come out of left field, as the star is typically known for penning tracks about beer and love. However, the storyteller has taken a new approach and has already tugged at some heartstrings with his relatable and honest lyrics.The recently released track is still about drinking but in another light – it tells a story about a blue-collar man named Joe, who works at the Texaco and never arrives late or drunk.
“I can’t complain, I’m going alright/ sleeping pretty good, staying dry/ Thank the lord every morning with a sweet Amen / For how far I’ve come from where I’ve been,” Combs sings in the chorus. “So here’s to good days and better tomorrows/ And a light at the end of the bottle.”
The chilling lyrics that will leave you with goosebumps are all about redemption and recovery from alcoholism.
Shortly after the sneak peek on social, comments and tweets started pouring in with positive feedback. “@Lukecombs this song really hit home…not only is my name Joe, but suffering from depression for many years and trying to cope with that with alcohol…I’m not married and have a daughter, there is a light at the end of the bottle #dontlettheharddayswin,” says a loyal fan on Twitter in response to the vulnerable ballad.
@lukecombs this song really hit home… not only is my name Joe, but suffering from depression for many years and trying to cope with that with alcohol… I’m not married and have a daughter, there is a light at the end of the bottle #dontlettheharddayswin
— Joe Wathen (@JWathen9) May 6, 2021
It seems like Luke Combs has been cranking out new music lately! So, until “Joe” is officially released on streaming platforms, you can play it on repeat below.
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