Luke Combs has added to his catalog of chilling love songs with the unapologetic honesty of his new track, “Love You Anyway,” released on Friday (Feb. 10).
Taking to social media, the country music superstar revealed how he came up with the title without even intending to. During a previous concert, he was simply proclaiming his love for his wife, Nicole, as he often does, when an unlikely hero known as Dan Isbell made note of his heartfelt words.
“Valentine’s Day 2022. I was playing a show and had dedicated ‘Beautiful Crazy’ to Nicole and said, ‘If you’re in here (the arena), I love you. If not, you know I do anyway.’ Unknown to me, my buddy Dan wrote down ‘Love You Anyway’ as a title in his phone after hearing that, then he told me the story later that month when he and I were writing with my good friend Ray Fulcher. We loved the idea as a title and decided to write about loving someone so much that even if you knew from the beginning, they were going to break your heart, you’d love them anyway.”
He continued, “It came off very poetic and we wanted to find the words that could give meaning to what we were trying to say, but as we say in the song, we didn’t know if there were deep enough words made for that. But it all came together and essentially, it’s a heartbreak and love song all in one.”
Dropping this song just days before Valentine’s Day also happens to align with the timing in which he first spoke the words, “Love You Anyway” to the crowd and his other half.
“Long story short, dedicating a song I wrote about Nicole ended up turning into another song about Nicole, and now three years later the song is finally out at the same time of year. It’s a special one to me and I hope y’all love it as much as I do,” Combs said in conclusion.
Although a challenge, the task of combining both profound feelings of joy and the devastating possibility of heartbreak is something only Luke Combs could do with nothing but grace. The peaceful melody is in sync with that of a classic country song as he delivers a promise to maintain his love for that special person, even if she chose to walk out of his life one day.
“There’s just some things that leave a man no choice / Like a compass needle needing its true north / Even if I knew the day we met you’d be the reason this heart breaks / Oh, I’d love you anyway,” he sings in the genuine chorus.
“Love You Anyway” serves as the second release from his upcoming full-length album, Gettin’ Old, and follows the unveiling of his leading track, “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old.”
The new project, produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton, is due out on March 24 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville.
Reflecting on the album, Combs shared, “This album is about the stage of life I’m in right now. One that I’m sure a lot of us are in, have been through, or will go through. It’s about coming of age, loving where life is now but at the same time missing how it used to be, continuing to fall for the one you love and loving them no matter what, living in the moment but still wondering how much time you have left, family, friends, being thankful, and leaving a legacy. Me and so many others have poured their hearts and souls into this record, and I hope you love it as much as we do.”
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