Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Country megastar Luke Combs has paved a road of his own in the music business. All along the way he has broken barriers and broken records. Combs made history and broke Taylor Swift’s record when he became the first artist ever to have their first 2 albums spend 25 weeks or more at #1 (Billboard Top Country Albums Chart).

Heading into 2023 Luke is off to another record year. He is breaking global records for his new tour, and recently had the fastest sell-out by a first-time Gillette Stadium performer, in any genre! He’s working on his 15th consective #1 right now with “Going, Going, Gone.” And, by the way, every single this man has released has gone to #1.

That all said, this star’s journey was like any other artist in that he had others pave roads and inspire his creativity. Luke Combs recently reveal the 9 albums that changed his life on a social media post. A radio personality in Buffalo, New York posed the question on Twitter, “What’s a country album that changed your life or had a major influence on you?” Luke read it and responded. Below are his answers.


  • Randy Travis- Storms of Life

    Randy Travis’ 1986 debut album, Storms of Life, is credited with igniting the country music world. This album sparked what is considered the new traditionalist movement.

    Randy Travis Storms of Life album

  • Garth Brooks- No Fences

    Garth Brooks 2nd album, No Fences, made him an international superstar. And to this day remains his best-selling studio album. It gave us the monster hits, “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “Unanswered Prayers,” and “Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House.”

  • Vince Gill- I Still Believe in You



  • Brooks & Dunn- Hard Working Man

    1993’s Hardworking Man was Brooks & Dunn’s sophmore album. It had them working hard on the hits. This one gave us the title track”Hard Workin’ Man,” “Rock My World (Little Country Girl),” “She Used To Be Mine,” “We’ll Burn That Bridge,” and “That Ain’t No Way To Go.”

  • Eric Church – Sinners Like Me

    Released July 6, 2006 Sinners Like Me was Eric’s debut album. It generated hits like “How ‘Bout You” (his debut single), “Guys Like Me,” and “Two Pink Lines.” It also featured concert fan favorite “These Boots.”

    Eric Church Sinners Like Me album

  • Jason Isbell – Southeastern

    From 2013, the critically acclaimed Southeastern was released in 2103 and intially to be produced by rock artist and Jason’s friend and tourmate, Ryan Adams.


  • Kip Moore- Wild Ones

    Released in 2015, Kip’s sophmore album spawned the hit singles, “I’m to Blame” and “Running For You.”

    kip moore wild ones album

  • Jon Pardi- California Sunrise

    The summer of 2016 had everyone singing Jon Pardi. This was the album that cemented Jon’s star in the country music universe. There was “Head Over Boots,” “Dirt on My Boots,” “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” “She Ain’t In It,” and “Night Shift.” All that on one album!

    jon pardi california sunrise


  • Miranda Lambert- Weight of These Wings

    The 6th studio album for Miranda was released in 2016. The Weight of These Wings gave fans plenty to chew on. There are 24 tracks on this legendary double album. “Tin Man,” “Vice,” and “We Should Be Friends” were the hits. It won Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

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