Duluth Got the Best of Luke Combs
by Kailee Thompson
The snow was falling hard, the roads were icy, and Duluth sent out an advisory not to travel, but this didn’t stop Luke Combs fans from getting to Amsoil Arena for an epic night.
First to hit the stage was opener Jameson Rodgers. Rodgers has been in the music industry for a while, but is mostly known for his song writing ability. Two songs he sang that have recently hit radio stations are “I Don’t Know About You” sang by Chris Lane and “Talk You Out of It” sang by Florida Georgia Line. Rodgers played a few of his own songs and ended with “Some Girls,” which got the crowd singing and dancing.
Following Jameson Rodgers was the high energy performer, LANCO. Immediately coming out on stage running, LANCO’s performance was nothing short of entertaining. LANCO’s lead singer, Brandon Lancaster, was clearly there to have a good time. After encountering a long journey from Nashville, through northern Minnesota in a snow storm, he had some dancing to do to loosen his muscles. Lancaster showed his Duluth Bulldog pride, who’s hockey team is currently playing in the NCAA Frozen Four, by throwing on a hockey jersey during his performance. Lancaster made sure everyone felt part of the show by jumping into the crowd with a drum and going down every walkway isle on the floor – stopping to beat the drum. LANCO definitely sparked a fire of energy that was to lead into the rest of the night.
Finally, the CMA Award winner for Best New Artist of the Year, Luke Combs hit the stage with beer in his hand. If you are wondering if he is just as good live as he is on the radio, he’s even better! Throughout the show, the crowd learned about Luke’s journey in country music. Him and LANCO became acquainted when he was at one of their small town shows of 30-40 people. Luke introduced himself and they have been friends ever since. When Luke moved to Nashville, he was told by several record labels that he needed to learn to write better songs. The songs he performed for those labels all became number one songs. One of his favorites though is “Can I get an Outlaw.”
Every song Luke sang had the fans roaring. From bragging about his fiancé and singing “Beautiful Crazy” to his drinking song “Beer Can,” every song hit some sort of nerve for everyone in the audience. Not only were our ears blessed with the talented vocals of Luke Combs, but Luke showcased the talent of all his band members. In particular, his two guitar players sang solos and absolutely killed it. It was very clear that Luke and his band are a close-knit group.
Of course, Luke played his other hit songs like “One Number Away,” “Hurricane,” and “When It Rains It Pours.” Amsoil Arena was so loud it was obvious this would be one of the best shows of the year. Yes, Luke has serious musical talent, but he also has insane drinking talents. During one of his songs, a beer was brought to him on stage and Luke shot-gunned the beer in about two seconds. Luke definitely proved his love for country music and beer. Finally, Luke came out for his encore with even more power, finishing with “Brand New Man” and “She Got the Best of Me.”
Even though Minnesota was experiencing a snowstorm, Luke Combs hit us like a “Hurricane.” This Duluth show will be one talked about for a long time and no doubt gets people even more excited for hit sold out show at the Xcel Energy Center in September. Crazy enough, Duluth was Luke’s first sold out show on tour at 8,000 people. Now he will be playing for close to 20,000 people in St. Paul in the fall. Luke, Minnesota loves you!