Luke Combs Shares The ‘Interesting Story’ Behind His New Miranda Lambert Duet, ‘Outrunnin’ Your Memory’
“It’s one of my favorites,” Combs says of the track.
Luke Combs; Photo by Josh Brasted, CMA, Miranda Lambert; Photo by Angelina Castillo
Luke Combs’ long-awaited new album, Growin’ Up, is here and one of the most buzzed-about tracks on the project is “Outrunnin’ Your Memory,” a duet with fellow country superstar Miranda Lambert.
Combs, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, and Lambert, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, co-wrote “Outrunnin’ Your Memory” alongside Dan Isbell.
The song finds the pair crooning over a breakup, admitting that it’s been difficult to shake thoughts of an ex.
“Outrunnin’ your memory is like outrunnin’ the wind/ I can’t get where I’m going if I can’t leave where you’ve been/ I see you in every sunset, every star in the sky/ I hear you callin’ my name in the middle of the night/ The longer gone I get on down the road/ Reminds me baby, that there just ain’t no/ Outrunnin’ your memory,” they sing on the chorus.
Ahead of the album’s release, Combs shared the story behind the song and gushed over the opportunity to work with Lambert.
“Wrote the song with Miranda Lambert, it’s kind of an interesting story. You know, we had talked about writing before in passing. And I’ve always been a huge fan of her writing. Obviously, man, I think she’s one of the best artists, writers of, you know, not only our generation but of all time,” Combs shared.
He went on to explain that they got together at Lambert’s manager’s office and started throwing around a few ideas. They didn’t land on anything they loved at first, so they called Dan Isbell, to start working on idea they had come up with the day before. Combs said Isbell cleared his schedule and headed their way.
In the time it took for Isbell to get there, Combs and Lambert found themselves working on a new idea that quickly turned into “Outrunnin’ Your Memory.”
“And so we had had the chorus done, Dan got there, helped us knock out the rest of it. So it’s me, Dan, Miranda, love this song. I really do. It’s one of my favorites has such a kind of a different feel than some other stuff,” Luke Combs explained.
“And I think, you know, I’ve spoken about this album, kind of being transitional, you know, because I’m at this transitional stage of my life where, you know, I still feel like a young kid. I’m growin’ up a little bit however. And I wanted it to also, you know, the album that is, to follow that same theme sonically,” he continued. “So this is one of those songs. I feel like we’re kind of progressing the sound and I really love this song and shout out to Miranda for singing on it with me. I think it adds a whole new whole new flair to this song that wasn’t there before. So I hope y’all love it. It’s one of my favorites.”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.