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Luke Comb’s “Fast Car” Remakes a Classic

Fast Car by Luke Combs is a phenomenal rework of Tracy Chapmans original song.
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“Fast Car” by Luke Combs is a phenomenal rework of Tracy Chapman’s original song.

“Fast Car,” a song originally written and sung by folk artist Tracy Chapman, has taken America into a frenzy, even though the song’s original release came in 1988. This is due to rising country superstar Luke Combs covering the song for his 2023 album, “Gettin’ Old.”

Combs’ version of “Fast Car” uses modern production techniques, adding clarity and depth to the sound of the original. The production style used also enhances Combs’ smooth, unique voice that is accompanied by a deep, southern accent. The production in the new version of the song also has a hint of pop not present in the original song.

Although Combs did an outstanding job on his cover, like most covers, it does not compare to the original. Combs’ cover lacks the emotion that was held in the original version by Chapman. This is one of the best parts of Chapman’s original song. The version Combs made sounds too polished, in short. It’s also awkward in Combs’ version when he kept the lyrics exactly the same, even stating that he “works in the market as a checkout girl.” However, to Combs’ credit, this may have been done in respect to Chapman as she will continue to hold all the developmental rights to the song instead of splitting them with Combs.

Combs made sure to ask for Chapman’s permission prior to the release of the song. When the song started to skyrocket into popularity, he again asked if Chapman approved of him pushing the cover to the #1 spot on the charts. Even though Combs took all the proper steps to make sure Chapman would be okay with the actions he took with “Fast Car,” it did not come without controversy. Many are worried that Chapman’s original song will be overshadowed by Combs’ cover, exemplified by the fact that Chapman is a black woman. The genre of country music comprises mostly of white artists. It is argued that Combs’ covering Chapman’s song and pushing it to the top spot on music charts could overshadow her legacy and take a piece of black art in the genre away.

However, Combs covering “Fast Car” has the potential to introduce the song to new generations. It could actually pass on Chapman’s legacy to a larger demographic than it could have without Combs covering it. Through the cover, many are being introduced to Chapman’s music and work that they wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.

Whether they choose to listen to the version of “Fast Car” sung by Chapman or Combs, fans are in for a treat. Combs’ version has a strong quality of production, while Chapman sings a version of the song that is raw with emotion. “Fast Car” is a country classic sure to be passed down for generations.

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Hi, my name is Jessica and I’m a senior at FHS. This is my first year writing for The Falconer and I can’t wait to start! I’m a member of the FFA, SCA, and Volunteer Fauquier. In my free time, I like to read, listen to music, and hang out with friends. I’m so excited to see what the rest of this school year brings!
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