Luke Combs Recalls Getting Super Baked With Willie Nelson, Who Started Crane Kicking Kicks On A Punching Bag: “Full Karate Kid”

This is just too damn good to make up…

And it’s time to make yourself comfortable if you were lucky enough to stumble across this post today because this is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever heard in my life.

Luke combs sat down with the guys from the Full broadcast podcast last year, and the boys talked about everything from his rise in country music to his friendly competition with Morgan Wallen and more.

But the absolute best story came at the very end of the episode when he shared how he was able to actually hang out with the one and only for the first time Willy Nelson.

Luke was in Maui, Hawaii for a songwriting festival and his wife, Nicole, was still working full-time at the time. So at the end of the trip she had to go back to Nashville and Luke decided to stay a few more days because he had to be in Seattle for a radio interview in about 48 hours.

One of the people in charge of the show and festival he was there for asked Luke if he wanted to play golf one afternoon since he was going to be there alone for the next few days. And while they were playing golf, he invited Luke to play poker at Willie Nelson’s house later that evening.

Luke had met Willie very briefly two days ago, but said little more than a cursory “hello” to the country icon.

That night they pull up in front of Willie’s oceanfront home in Maui, and Luke said it looks like it’s straight out of a 1970s suburb. But the guy who brought him in was on the phone and told Luke he could just keep going around the house.

Of course, Luke panics, thinking that Willie probably doesn’t even know who he is or that he’d even be at the poker night:

“It’s literally on the oceanfront in Maui. It’s crazy. So we stop and I don’t even know if he knows I’m supposed to be there or not… dude I don’t know.

So we get off, the guy I’m with, he’s on the phone and he’s like, ‘Go ahead and just walk in.’ And I was like, ‘Dude, that’s like a lot of pressure, bro.’ I walk in thinking everyone’s gonna screw it up…

It’s just Willie Nelson in there…alone…watching TV in the garage.

And I come in, like a six-pack of Miller Lite, you know, the plastic ring six-pack. And he says, ‘Hey man.’ And I said, ‘Hello.’

For example, what is happening right now?”

Of course, it doesn’t take long for Willie to pull out his signature accessory, and Luke already knows it will be him (I assume he’s heard the same stories as us):

“So let’s go in there, we’ll talk a minute dude, he rips the piece out dude, you know what I mean? The Peace Pipe.

And I’ve heard the stories… Toby Keith literally has a song called “I’ll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again,” you know what I mean?

I heard the song, I’m aware of the moment, you know. And I’m leaving, alright, man, when this thing comes along, you only have one, dude, you can’t do this deal twice.

At this point, a few more of Willie’s friends show up, and when it comes to the table again, Luke made a massive mistake…

He struck again…HARD.

He also noted that he was the youngest there at 30 and of course only knows the one other man who invited him to Willie’s house.

Later, NBA Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson walks in (yes, that’s right) and, luckily for Luke, buys him out of the game.

He sat down at another small table in the room, where he’s the only one who can see down an adjacent hallway:

“I’m at this table, there’s a corridor going by here, but nobody at the poker table can see down the corridor, right? Just me, I’m the only guy on the entire planet at this time who can see down this hallway.

And I remember one of the guys at the poker table, he’s sitting right across from Don Nelson, and I can’t see him because he’s behind Don, and I just see this guy walking like this, he just jumps out like this, and he says, ‘Luke, you need a water, mate?’

And I’m sitting over there and I’m like, ‘No, man, I’m cool, dude.’ And he says, “Nothing wrong with needing a water, mate. Got enough water over here.”

I got that mason jar, I must have had two gallons of water, dude. I will surely die.”

Luke said he kept getting up to splash water on his face in the bathroom and different people just kept bringing out food while he just tried not to die and take it all in.

I guess the game didn’t exactly go the way Willie wanted at one point, as Luke watched him get up and walk down the hall only he could see from his seat at the small table:

“And I remember Willie getting up and going downstairs, I’m sitting at this table, he doesn’t tell anyone, he gets up, these guys are playing poker.

He gets up, he walks right past me, down the hall, and there’s this punching bag at the end of the hall.”

And what does he do?

The red-haired stranger starts punching that sack full, crane kicks and all because he thinks that not a single soul can see him or know what he’s doing…

“And he stands there, arms outstretched, like a full-fledged karate kid, and just starts kicking this punching bag.

He’s throwing crane kicks, dude, he’s 84…just pounding that punching bag. And I’m looking at the poker table and I’m wondering what’s happening? Nobody sees this happen.

He walks out, is five minutes out, it could have been five hours, I don’t know what the difference is now… come back in, stand by the thing, crane kick one more time, go back in, don’t say one Beep about it.”

I honestly think that’s the best thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life…

The whole night, from Luke walking in unannounced, to getting stoned to the bone, to Willie going off with that punching bag… it’s just pure gold. You really can’t make up shit like that.

For Luke, it really felt like he’d finally had his moment with Willie… as he watched him attack a punching bag in a Maui hallway in the middle of the night while he was high as a kite:

“Sits back down like nothing happened and I think that’s my moment. I had my moment with Willie Nelson, and it was he, God knows what time it is in Maui, who made the crane kicks baked from my pumpkin at his house.

It’s the kind of story you’d hope and pray for if you ever really got the chance to hang out with Willie, but it seems too good to be true.

Really, Luke summed up the whole debacle best:

“It was wild. It was absolutely wild.”

And if you really want to laugh a lot today, do yourself a favor and watch Luke tell the whole story himself.

It’s worth it, and that’s a promise:

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