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Luke Combs apologizes for past use of Confederate flag: 'There is no excuse'

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Luke Combs wins Album of the Year at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sept. 16, 2020.

Country star Luke Combs said “there is no excuse” for his past use of Confederate flag imagery in photos and a 2015 music video. 

“As I’ve grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically in the last five to seven years, I am now aware how painful that image can be,” Combs said. “I would never want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else.”

The comments came Wednesday during a conversation on “accountability and the future of country music” with Maren Morris and moderator Ann Powers for the annual Country Radio Seminar. 

In 2015 – two years before the release of his debut album – Combs was seen performing in front of numerous Confederate flags in the music video for Ryan Upchurch’s “Can I Get a Outlaw.” His acoustic guitar at the time also included a sticker with the flag’s image. Photos of Combs with that guitar have circulated on social media in recent months.



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