Luke Combs Pays Tribute to Toby Keith and Discusses “Fast Car” Post-Grammys at Exclusive Ryman Auditorium Performance

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Just two days following his unforgettable performance alongside Tracy Chapman with “Fast Car” at the 2024 Grammy Awards, Luke Combs returned to Nashville to treat a select audience to a private show at the iconic Ryman Auditorium. Organized by EastCoast Entertainment (ECE) and Atlas Experiences, the intimate gathering of about 450 attendees experienced an evening filled with lasting memories.

Sporting his trademark attire of a dark, short-sleeved button-down shirt, a dark ball cap, and jeans, Combs took the stage with his red Solo cup in hand. Settling onto a stool, he engaged in laughter, song, and banter with both the band and the audience throughout the night.

Combs captivated the audience with an hour-long acoustic performance, which included his rendition of Chapman’s “Fast Car”—a chart-topping hit that has resonated with fans across multiple weeks.

“Tracy Chapman is one of my heroes and one of the reasons I started singing,” Combs expressed from the stage. “Singing with Tracy was incredible. I did my best. Now you’ve heard Tracy do it, which is way better. But now you get to hear me do it.”

As fans shouted words of encouragement, Combs acknowledged the pressure of performing “Fast Car” after their Grammy performance. “It’s a lot of pressure playing this after the other night,” he admitted.

Throughout the set, Combs treated the audience to stripped-down versions of his hits, including “Best of Me,” “One Number Away,” “Cold As You,” “Beautiful Crazy,” “Lovin’ On You,” “The Kind of Love We Made,” and “Doin’ This,” a song he wrote during the pandemic with friends at his house.

Reflecting on the songwriting process, Combs shared, “During Covid times, I was just sitting in my garage playing music for friends. I was telling the story of how during interviews, people always ask what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this.” He revealed the excitement they felt while writing “Doin’ This,” returning the next day to finish it. Although the song earned him a Grammy nomination, Combs humorously noted, “I’m zero for seven on those Grammys. It’s tough!”

The news of Toby Keith’s passing earlier that day prompted many fans to request covers of his songs. Combs honored Keith by performing “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Keith’s first of 20 No. 1 hits. “I’m glad you guys asked because we didn’t know if we should do a Toby song,” Combs said. “It’s good to know you love Toby’s music as much as we do.”

Closing the show with energy, Combs delivered spirited performances of “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and “When It Rains It Pours,” leaving the audience singing, dancing, and cheering all night long.