Luke Combs: Champion Beer Chugger… But Will He Shoey?

21 April 2023 | 12:32 pm | Mallory Arbour

“Now I can shotgun a beer, and like 60,000 people are stoked about it."

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During a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Luke Combs went into detail about his favourite former drinking techniques when he started playing music professionally in college.

"I can't tell you how many beers I shot gunned in college, and now I can shotgun a beer, and like 60,000 people are stoked about it," Combs says. "I did seven or eight of these a night. For years."

Combs then proceeds to pierce the can with his teeth. He adds, “I always start it that way. I feel like it’s good effect, you know,” and then uses a knife to widen the hole.

“It’s an artform. This is not a speed thing,” he continues.

Combs then suggests a challenge to see if Rogan can freedom funnel a beer faster than he can drink straight out of the can. Combs then impressively finishes his beer by a “solid three seconds.”

“I don’t even know how you did that,” Rogan admits. “You just opened it up and it went down.”

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♬ Fast Car - Luke Combs

With Combs coming to Australia in August as part of his 2023 world tour, the real question is – how will he go when presented with doing a shoey? We think, clearly, he’s up to the challenge!

Combs will take the stage in Brisbane Entertainment Centre on August 11 and 12, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on August 16 and 17, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on August 19 and 20, Adelaide’s AEC Arena on August 23, and RAC Arena in Perth on August 26, delivering his explosive live show to Australian fans for the first time since his sold out 2019 shows.

He will be joined by US country star Cody Johnson and Australian singer-songwriter Lane Pittman.  

The upcoming tour is just the latest milestone in an already monumental career for Combs, whose recent albums, Growin’ Up and Getting’ Old, both peaked at #2 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. Combs recorded both together but decided to release them as two separate albums.

The title of the first promotional single, Growin' Up and Gettin' Old combines the two, and the two cover artworks can also be placed side by side. Combs co-wrote 15 of the 18 tracks, and the album also includes a cover of Tracy Chapman's Fast Car. Like its companion album, Combs co-produced with Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton. They follow his first two album releases: 2019’s 3x Platinum What You See is What You Get and his 4x Platinum debut, This One’s For You.

Additionally, Combs has partnered with Ryman Hospitality's Opry Entertainment Group for a new multi-level entertainment and bar venue in Nashville. He and his wife Nicole are expecting their second child in September. They welcomed son, Tex Lawrence Combs on June 19, 2022.


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