Luke Combs recently released What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, an expanded version of his 2019 album featuring five brand new tracks.
The project debuted at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and set the new weekly streaming record for a country album.
To celebrate the deluxe album release, Combs recently sat down to share the story behind each of the album’s five new tracks, including the record-breaking “Forever After All.”
Check it out below.
“Cold As You”
“Cold As You,” I wrote this song with two of the same guys that I wrote “Beer Never Broke My Heart” with, I think it’s very similar. The idea was actually Shane Minor’s idea, and he’s a really awesome guy and was willing to let me and Jonathan (Singleton) and Randy (Montana) kind of take the little bit of a start that he had and run with it. And I’m super pumped to have another kickass song with two of my favorite guys and one of my new buddies in Shane Minor.
“The Other Guy”
“The Other Guy” was a song that I wrote probably three and a half years ago. I wrote it with Brandon Kinney and Rob Williford, and it’s kind of bounced all over the place. It was just kind of in between This One’s For You, and my buddy Job was going to cut it for a while, and he ended up doing it, and something happened there, and it got picked up by a few other people along the way. When it came down to making this deluxe, it was just a song that I had always thought was great, and it had always just kind of been in this kind of state of limbo where somebody was going to do it, and then they weren’t, and so I figured that I would just do it, so I hope everybody loves it.
“My Kinda Folk”
“My Kinda Folk” is an idea that actually my guitar tech brought to me. He had started it with my friend Dan Isbell and sent it my way, and JD is his name, Jamie Davis. He and Dan came out here with one of my utility players, Dustin Nunley, and Ray Fulcher was living down the street at that time so he walked up, and the five of us finished the song. It’s probably one of my favorite songs that we’ve ever done, it’s really different than anything I think that we’ve done, and it’s just one of those fun, good time anthems. It’s got a lot of instrumental stuff going on in it, and I can’t wait for y’all to hear it.
“Without You” is a song that I wrote probably a year and a half ago in the mountains of North Carolina with Wyatt Durrette and Dan Isbell. I just really wanted to, along with “This One’s For You,” is always have that song that lets everyone know how appreciative I am of where I am. The first verse is about my parents, and second verse is about my wife, and the third verse is about you, the fans, so just wanted to thank everybody that I feel like has helped me get to this point.
“Forever After All”
“Forever After All” is the first song that I wrote in my house in Tennessee. I wrote it with Rob Williford and Drew Parker, and it’s one of those songs that we’ve been trying to hold back for a long time and not play, and we knew how much we loved it and how much we thought people would like it, so I’m glad that everybody’s finally going to get a chance to hear it. It’s just kind of a continuance of that love story that you’ve heard in “Beautiful Crazy” and “Better Together,” so y’all enjoy it.