When Luke Combs’ cover of “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman became a huge hit in the last year, its success triggered many woke leftists.
Emily Yahr of the Washington Post, an entertainment reporter, complained that Luke Combs’s cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” dominates country charts. “Fans & singers are experiencing mixed emotions, knowing that Chapman was a black lesbian woman who would not have a chance to achieve this feat. ”
Yahr, the interviewees, and the author of the article did not care that the Grammy Awards nominated “Fast Car” for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Chapman has also won four Grammy Awards and has 13 nominations. Darius Rucker, a country music singer, has had a lot of success. Yahr’s theory has been disproven. He was the former frontman of Hootie & The Blowfish.
Tracy Chapman, for one, didn’t believe the controversy that surrounded the song. But I’m honored to be here. She said: “I am thrilled for Luke’s successes and grateful that new fans have found and embraced Fast Car. ”
A few black musicians didn’t agree.
Holly G, the founder and president of Black Opry – a Black Country Music group – said to Yahr, “Luke Combs is an incredible musician.” It’s great to see someone who is in country music being inspired by a Black Lesbian woman. It’s exciting. “It’s hard to accept the excitement knowing that Tracy Chapman would not be celebrated by industry if the middleman were a white man.
Tanner Davenport, a Nashville native and co-director of Black Opry, is also a Nashville resident. He said that the success of this album cover “kinda proves that black art with a white face is consumed much easier.”
They are the ones who have the joke on them. Chapman performed the duet as a duo at the Grammy Awards Sunday night.
Rolling Stone reported, “Nine years after her final live television performance, Tracy Chapman sang her 1988 hit ‘Fast Car’ with Luke Combs.” Combs is the country singer who brought Chapman to a new generation with his cover and won a Grammy nomination in the process. He sang the song in 2024 at the Grammy Awards. In a video that was released before the show, Combs talked about the memorable guitar lick in the song. The clip accurately predicted the performance. Combs sang his verse after Chapman, who had been playing her acoustic guitar for a while, revealed her wide-eyed face.
Below you can see the performance.