On June 24, Luke Combs will release his third studio album, Growin’ Up. In addition to the recent releases “Doin’ This,” “The Kind of Love We Make” and “Tomorrow Me,” the album also features a duet with Miranda Lambert on “Outrunnin’ Your Memory.”
The collaboration came about shortly after Combs and songwriter Dan Isbell were writing with another artist and came up with the idea of a lyric, “When it rains in Seattle.” Though the song didn’t work for that artist, Combs had a writing session with Lambert the following day, and they ended up crafting a new song based upon the general idea of “When it rains in Seattle.”
Combs recently told Billboard‘s Tetris Kelly of the collaboration, “When me and Miranda were tossing song ideas back in forth, I ended up on this ‘When it rains in Seattle thing,’ and she was like, ‘I love that idea.'”
Isbell joined them for the session to finish up the new song, which became “Outrunnin’ Your Memory.”
On his upcoming third studio album, Growin’ Up, Combs again worked with Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton. He says working with them on the new album has been “not drastically different.” He adds, “The goal is always just been to have fun. Getting to work with Chip and Jonathan has been really great. We joke a lot, we laugh a lot in there, but we also have fun. We want it to be the best it can possibly be.”
Combs adds that the new album will feature some subjects that reflect where he is in life at the moment.
“I’ve almost been married two years now, so my life has changed quite a bit. I’m about to have a kid and there are some songs that I think wouldn’t have been on any of my other albums. I think that’s the main difference. I still want to be the guy that goes out and has fun and puts on a great show. That’s of utmost importance to me, but there are also things that have become more important that I wasn’t aware of or even able to understand until it started to happen.
Combs also named his own ‘Mount Rushmore’ of favorite artists who have influenced his music, which would feature Vince Gill, Eric Church and Elton John. “Billy Joel would [also] be in the conversation,” Combs added.
Combs also named an artist he would love to work with (Adele), and a genre of music he would love to crossover into (rap).
Watch the Billboard interview above.