Luke Combs Delivers Private Acoustic Show At The Ryman For ‘Living Lucky’ Lottery Winners

The special evening included an intimate performance, cash prizes, heartfelt tributes and more.


Melanie Rooten

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February 9, 2024


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Luke Combs; Photo by Zack Massey

On Tuesday night (February 6), Luke Combs put on a performance like never before at the iconic Ryman Auditorium – with attendees being limited to lottery winners only – allowing him to sing a spectacular acoustic set while the Mother Church of Country Music was less than a quarter full.

As for how this event came to be, EastCoast Entertainment (ECE) and Atlas Experiences brought Combs to the Ryman stage just days after taking the GRAMMYs stage, serving as a part of the “Living Lucky With Luke Combs” multi-state lottery experience.

This experience gave winners not only massive sums of money, but also the adventure of a lifetime within the one and only Music City, detailing what exactly this extravaganza entailed via the official website for the sweepstakes.

What Else Did The Lucky Winners Get?

The private performance from Luke Combs was not the only thing that the winners received, with some finding themselves picking a “5 Leaf Clover” more than once. While some experiences were open to all attendees, select individuals got to meet the country music superstar before the show, and some individuals even received massive monetary compensation at the event. 

Before the show, $10,000 winners were drawn from every single participating state lottery. Combs proved that “When It Rains It Pours” shortly afterwards, closing out the concert by awarding one lucky attendee $500,000, which he then took the stage to accept as balloons fell from the ceiling. 

Aside from the show, the meet and greet, and the massive sums of money, those who were a part of the “Living Lucky With Luke Combs” multi-state lottery experience got to attend a private event at the Skye Lounge – located on the top floor of the Sheraton Grand Downtown Nashville – a private tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a lunch at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, and more. 

While the whole event was nothing short of spectacular, some might argue that the private performance from Luke Combs was the best of all, filled with dozens and dozens of surprises.

Private Performance

Luke Combs; Photo by Zack Massey
Luke Combs; Photo by Zack Massey

After an opening set from sister trio The Castellows that solidified them as a force to be reckoned with within the country music scene, Combs took the stage in his signature short-sleeved button-down shirt and jeans, opening with “She Got the Best of Me” before taking song requests from the both his band and the audience.

Following up the opening number with acoustic renditions of “One Number Away,” “Cold As You,” “Forever After All,” and “Doin’ This,” the CMA Award-winner decided to sing the track that he performed on the GRAMMYs stage alongside Tracy Chapman just a few days prior: “Fast Car.”

Luke Combs Reflects On His Recent GRAMMY Performance

“[Tracy Chapman] is one of my heroes and one of the reasons I started singing,” Combs detailed onstage, prior to dishing about his GRAMMYs performance. “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.”

“It’s a lot of pressure playing this after the other night,” he prefaced before diving headfirst into the performance, which had the whole crowd singing along from start to finish.

Honored Toby Keith With “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”

Continuing on with “The Kind of Love We Make,” “Beautiful Crazy,” “Lovin’ On You,” and “Brand New Man,” Combs decided to dedicate a portion of his private concert to honoring the life of the late Toby Keith as well – who passed away less than 24 hours before after a “pretty debilitating” battle with stomach cancer – performing a cover of “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” after receiving numerous requests from the crowd.

As soon as attendees started shouting the name Toby Keith, the North Carolina native admitted that he had planned to perform a Toby Keith cover that evening, however, he was not sure whether or not the crowd would be on board.

“I’m glad you guys asked, because we didn’t know if we should do a Toby song… It’s good to know you love Toby’s music as much as we do,” he spilled onstage, prior to pulling up the lyrics to “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” on his cell phone and diving in headfirst.

The Night Brought Fun, Tears & Unforgettable Memories

Naturally, this performance had the entirety of the Ryman Auditorium on their feet, singing and dancing along – and even shedding a few tears – all while celebrating the country legend that was the one and only Toby Keith. 

Following up this heartfelt tribute, Combs put on bombastic performances of “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and “When It Rains It Pours,” ultimately concluding his two-hour set and ending the evening on a high note. 

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Melanie Rooten

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Melanie Rooten

Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Music City, Melanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism before beginning her career as a music and entertainment journalist. Beginning to write for Country Now in August of 2023, she has also contributed to Holler, Music Mayhem, Country Chord, Celeb Secrets, Celeb Secrets Country, We Got This Covered and Decider throughout her career thus far. When she is not writing, Melanie enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite television shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).