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First Listen: Luke Combs' New Album

Luke Combs has arrived.

The "Hurricane" singer is celebrating the song's second week at No. 1 on both the Country Aircheck/Mediabase and Billboard country charts, according to his record label. He's the first country artist to debut with a multi-week No. 1 since Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" and the first new solo male to to do so in nine years. He's also up for Breakthrough Video Of The Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Not bad huh?

All the accolades have fans anxiously waiting to hear what the rest of Luke's music sounds like. Luckily, the wait is over. The album This One's For You will be available for purchase June 2, but NPR has made it the focus of its First Listen feature allowing fans to hear it early.

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FirstListen: Hear Luke Combs' (@LukeCombsMusic) new album, 'This One's For You,' before it's out June 2. https://t.co/GccvtifTev

"There's a perception these days (not entirely unfounded) that country music rewards its male performers for following a particular formula," Jewly Hight writes for the network. "The combination of gleaming, rhythmic Top 40 hooks, flirtatious frat-party swagger and small-town backdrops has served as a pattern in the industry, largely because it works ... For Luke Combs, though, demonstrating current pop fluency and a connection with the sturdy contributions of previous generations of country performers aren't mutually exclusive propositions."

Luke's music is a just-right mixture of both modern-day and yesteryear country, in other words, and it's pretty darn refreshing. Read more and hear how much so here. And look for Luke this summer on Brantley Gilbert's Devil Don't Sleep Tour, the 2017 CMA Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Austin City Limits.

 

Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin' country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.