Luke Combs Was in the ‘Presence of Greatness’ Last Night with Randy Travis

by Clayton Edwards
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom)

Luke Combs is one of the most successful artists in country music today. In fact, some say that he is one of the most influential up-and-comers in the genre. Currently, every single he drops makes its way to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Additionally, his army of adoring fans flocks to his shows every time he plays live. To say his career has been impressive would be a massive understatement. It’s hard to imagine that Combs signed his record deal just five years ago.

However, Luke Combs doesn’t let that success go to his head. If you want to see just how humble and laid-back he is, check out his appearance on The Marty Smith Podcast. Additionally, you can listen to his acceptance speech at last night’s CMT Artists of the Year event. He shows plenty of respect to those who came before him. That’s exactly what he’s doing in the photo he posted with Randy Travis earlier today. Check it out below.

Luke Combs nailed it. “Always an honor to be in the presence of greatness,” might be the most fitting caption for a photo with Randy Travis. They were both at CMT’s big event last night. Combs took home an Artist of the Year trophy and Travis took home Artist of a Lifetime.

The photo isn’t just a couple of musicians snapping a picture. This is a photo of two generations of country music’s elite. Their music differs like night and day. However, they are both incredibly successful. Today, Luke Combs sets an example for young artists to follow. In the eighties, Randy Travis and a handful of others changed the face of country music. His debut record, Storms of Life, helped to revive the public’s interest in traditional country music.

Luke Combs Shouts Out Randy Travis

Luke Combs didn’t just post a great caption about Randy Travis. He also gave him a shout-out during his heartfelt acceptance speech. While standing on the stage in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, he pointed out the last time he was in that building with Randy Travis.

“Randy, I watched you play in this building a few years ago with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and was absolutely blown away. To be in the same room with you again, in the same place, and to have a small fraction of the impact on country music like you’ve had, man, is incredible.”

You could tell that Luke Combs meant every word of what he said. His voice was thick with emotion. While he spoke, the camera cut to Randy Travis and his wife. Randy had a huge smile on his face and his wife looked so touched by Combs’ words. It was, truly, a beautiful moment.

Once again, Combs is setting an example for younger artists and younger people in general. Always respect those who came before you.