Luke Combs is one of many artists who have turned to live streaming while practicing social distancing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Giving fans a 30-minute acoustic performance live from his garage on Tuesday (March 17), Combs performed four songs, including a brand new track.
“First off, hope you guys are doing good, crazy times. I’m here in my garage in the middle of Tennessee somewhere and just felt like playing some music. We cancelled a bunch of shows as I’m sure you guys probably know. I hope you guys like I said are all staying safe out there.” Combs told thousands of viewers watching from home. “It’s awesome that we have stuff like this to be able to see each other. I want to play couple songs for you tonight, just try and take your mind off things for a little bit and have a little fun for myself.”
The superstar kicked off his acoustic performance with a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” which fans raved about following the live stream.
He went on to debut a brand new song called “What Do You Do When It’s Raining.” Explaining that the tune was inspired by his soon-to-be-wife, Combs shared that it was written with James McNair and Reid Isbell while on a writing retreat in Florida.
“We were sitting around down there a couple months ago at the beach and it was raining outside and it never rains at the beach,” explaining the inspiration behind the song. “Nicole was like, ‘man what do you do when it’s raining,’ so I just kind of took that line and ran with it and this is what we came up with.”
Though the song was inspired by a rainy day on the beach, it serves as a metaphor for the hard times in life. (The new song begins at about 5:41 in the live stream.)
“What do you do when it’s raining/ What do you do when the clouds come rolling in/ Grab you some Whiskey and some place to ride it out/ Just enjoy the great and hold on for better days/ Until the sunshine shines again.” Combs sings throughout the chorus of the song.
He also gave a shout-out to the World Health Organization (WHO) and suggested that fans stay up to date on the current global health crisis via their website and social accounts. “The World Health Organization is doing a great job of keeping everybody up to date,” he said. “Check their website, who.int, or on their socials @WHO.”
“I’ll do one every week we’re quarantined,” Combs promised at the conclusion of his live stream. “We’ll do another one of these real soon, thanks for watching.”