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Tracy Chapman + Luke Combs Celebrate ‘Fast Cars’ #1: Look + Listen

When Luke Combs’ version of her 1988 song “Fast Car” goes #1 on the country charts, Tracy Chapman will make music history.

When Combs cover version goes the distance, the now 59-year old Chapman will become the first Black woman to have the sole songwriting credit on a #1 country hit, joining a minute group of Afro American women with writing credits on #1 country songs, including Alice Randall who co-write Trisha Yearwood’s 1994 single “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl),” Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry) for her credit on Lady A’s “Champagne Night,” (2020) and Tayla Parx (Ariana Grande, Kesha) who co-penned Dan+Shay’s “Glad You Exist.” 

About Luke’s cover of Chapman’s 35-year-old song, Parx said “Any song that sounds good on guitar, it can more than likely be a country song.”“With a great song, you can take it and make it sound like seven different genres, so that says a lot about what type of song ‘Fast Car’ is: it can be a pop song, a country song, it can be whatever, because it’s just a great song.”

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Author: Al Denté

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