Ireland's Next Garth Brooks
It might seem crazy to American country music fans but most people in Ireland probably haven’t a clue who Luke Combs is - YET
Country Hits listeners already know how incredible the North Carolina native is and can’t wait for him to headline Country 2 Country in Dublin this March.
The sold out Saturday night concert could very well be the launchpad for Luke to cross over into the mainstream Irish market.
I believe it’s possible for him to reach the phenomenal level of success Garth Brooks hit in the '90s.
Ireland had such a love affair with Garth, he packed out stadiums, sold buckets of albums and was played on all radio stations.
As yet, Luke doesn't have an anthem like "Friends In Low Places" which he may need to catapult him into super stardom outside the US.
However he's shown his cheeky sarcastic humor on 'When It Rains It Pours', and tugged on our heartstrings with 'Even Thought I'm Leaving'.
I really believe the Luke Combs train has left the station and it's only a matter of time before he becomes a real global superstar.
Yes, it’s a bold prediction but just look at his back catalog already, "Hurricane", "When It Rains It Pours", "One Number Away", "She Got the Best of Me", "Beautiful Crazy", "Beer Never Broke My Heart", and "Even Though I'm Leaving".
They’re just the number ones!
Had he spread out other album tracks like “Refrigerator Door”, “Houston We Got A Problem”' "Must've Never Met You", and “Moon Over Mexico” - I'm sure they’d also be chart toppers.
We’ve added his latest song 'Does To Me' with Eric Church to our Country Hits A list.
It’s such a fantastic tune and will probably top the charts as Luke and Eric take the 3 Arena stage over the C2C weekend.
As founder of Country Hits I’m really excited with where the genre is heading.
To be honest, it wavered for a few years with an over reliance on bro country and too much of the 'snap beats' kind of tunes.
Its wonderful to see artists like Luke Combs emerge and raise the bar overall.
Get ready Ireland, he’s on the way, and I reckon he's only getting started :)
Nice to see another super Irish country hit topping the Country Hits Weekly Top 20.
We've had hundreds of votes yet again for Derek Ryan's latest track 'If You're Gonna Be Bad (Be Good At It)'
It's another Number 1 for the Carlow singer-songwriter and follows last years chart toppers 'Only Getting Started’ with Cliona Hagan and 'To Waltz With My Mother Again'.
All tracks are taken from Derek's 'HITS' album which was released before Christmas.
It’s been an amazing 10 years for Derek Ryan who's set for a busy 2020 with the 'Hits Tour' in Ireland and the UK, along with festival appearances in France and Denmark, a headline slot at the SSE Arena, Belfast and a number of Summer Festivals
The 'Hits Tour' runs from the end of January to the beginning of March, and includes plenty of special guests, Cliona Hagan, Niamh McGlinchey, Olivia Douglas, Tony Allen and The Tumbling Paddies
Congrats to Derek on another Country Hits Number One, for more details on his tour check out www.derekryanmusic.com
Great to see Scotty McCreery and his wife Gabi run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida this weekend.
photo credit: courtesy Triple 8 Management
Don't they look cute dressed in t-shirts representing Buzz Lightyear and Forky, characters from the animated movie “Toy Story 4,”
The couple ran the 13.1 miles at the Walt Disney World Resort.
I've also have been bitten by the running bug. It's now three Dublin city marathons, bringing my total to six :)
Limerick marathon in 2018
I did take a much needed break following my latest marathon in October but have recently upped the training and ran a half this weekend
Sure felt good to get miles back in the legs and I'm currently planning this years schedule which will again include the Dublin marathon and hopefully a couple of others!
Who knows maybe we'll see Scotty and Gabi over here for one of our Irish marathons. Hey there's an idea – an Irish concert AND a marathon in the same weekend!!
Dublin City Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2020