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Luke Combs will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The "Hurricane" singer was invited to join the venerable country-music institution following his performance on stage Tuesday night.
The future has never been brighter for Combs, who, years before he became country music's biggest rising star, took a road trip from Boone, North Carolina, to Music City with his old college roomate. Both he and his roommate were eyeing careers in the industry and his friend wanted to surprise Luke with a special breakfast... at Cracker Barrel.
“I’m like, ‘That’s awesome. I love Cracker Barrel’ And he said, ‘But we’re going to eat Cracker Barrel with John Conlee,” says Combs, as he has backstage just moments after the surprise invitation, while shaking his head at the memory of ordering chicken-fried steak with the Opry legend. "Now John Conlee just asked me to be a member of the Opry."
The 29-year-old country star will officially be inducted at a later date. Combs becomes the youngest male member of the club, an honor previously held by Chris Janson, Kelsea Ballerini, who was inducted in April. Luke is the youngest member at just 25 years old.
“I remember the first time I played,” Combs says of making his Opry debut in 2016. “That night I said, ‘That’s it, I’m becoming a part of this, whatever it takes.'