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INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: Luke Combs performs onstage during the 2019 Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field on April 27, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

It’s always been a source of much amusement to Debbie and me that our son, whose entire existence has been financed by our work in country music, HAS DESPISED COUNTRY MUSIC.

However, about a year ago, I started seeing songs by Gary Allen, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, and Kenny Chesney appear on his phone.

Hmmm….

Then came Luke Combs.

He has been an unabashed Luke Combs fan almost from the jump.  And when Luke put out “The Prequel” EP in June, our boy downloaded it before I could even tell him it was available.

From that first day, this was the song he loves most.

The song is classic country music.

It tells the story of the relationship between a father and son from the days when the son fears “monsters are under the bed,” to when he has great trepidation going into the military, to the moment when the son faces his father’s mortality.

In each case the refrain is the same, “(Son), even though I’m leavin’, I ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

As a father I can tell you that my goal has always been to prepare my son to face whatever life throws his way.  If he ever needs me, I’m there.  And even when I’m not, I hope he hears my voice in his heart telling him what he knows I’d say.

Next year, my son goes to college.

As I drive away from campus that day next August, tears running down my face (as they are now while I’m writing this), I’ll be saying over and over again, “Even though I’m leavin’, I ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

And I’ll hope he knows that.

And I hope that one day I’ll be able to make it through this song without breaking down.  Until then, while we’re playing it, and you’re listening on the radio, the volume will be down in the studio.