Luke Combs Belts ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ From ‘O, Brother Where Art Thou’ with His Band: Video

by Atlanta Northcutt

Luke Combs belts out “Man of Constant Sorrow” giving some deep, twangy richness to the famous O, Brother Where Art Thou tune.

A fan captured Luke Combs and his band members performing “Man of Constant Sorrow” during a show in Peoria, Illinois.

The boys do a fantastic job in combining just the right amount of bluegrass, country, and folk music. Combs’ deep, rich vocals as the center singer makes for quite a unique performance. The country powerhouse projects the sound of the words.

Band members back Combs up by singing harmony, and one plays the little ditty on his acoustic guitar.

Luke Combs Takes On “Man Of Constant Sorrow”

The tune may be most recognizable as the one out of the classic 2000 movie O, Brother Where Art Thou. However, “Man of Constant Sorrow” has been performed for the past 100 years, developing a rich history.

A blind fiddle player named  Dick Burnett released the song in 1913. His songbook laid untouched until one of Burnett’s friends found it and recorded it. Emry Arthur decided to change the name to “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.” As the years have passed it’s been whittled down to “Man of Sorrow.”

O, Brother Where Art Thou definitely thrust the song into the spotlight. However, other artists have put their spin on it over the years. Singers such as Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Rod Stewart, and Dwight Yoakam have all recorded “Man of Constant Sorrow.” An acapella group called Home Free has even created their own version of the hit.

Those are just the recordings. There’s no clue how many live performances have taken place.

Throughout its long and colorful past, “Man of Constant Sorrow” has never been performed with the kind of rich, roaring sound that Luke Combs and his band bring to the song.