Asheville, North Carolina, singer Luke Combs sings on this story song about an ex lover who he couldn't get out of his mind. One day he was quietly nursing a drink at a bar when a certain girl rolled in.
You roll in with your hair in the wind
Baby, without warning
I was doing alright
But just your sight had my heart storming
The moon went hiding, stars quit shining
Rain was dropping, thunder n' lightning
You wrecked my whole world when you came
And hit me like a hurricane
The song was written in December 2014, just three months after Combs moved to Nashville. Taylor Phillips, also from North Carolina, agreed to write with the new kid in town. Phillips' fellow songwriter Thomas Archer agreed to join them, once he found Combs' music online and immediately fell in love with his voice.
The genesis of the song started with a descending riff that Archer played on acoustic guitar. "Luke said 'What was that?' and I played it again," recalled Archer to Billboard magazine "That's when he started flipping through his idea book and had 'Hurricane.'"
The trio then set out to write the song, inspired by a story about a friend of one them who was struggling with a recent breakup. "It was one of those Nashville things," said Combs. "Everybody goes out to the same bars, and he didn't feel like he could go out to the bar because he didn't want to run into her."
Combs, Philips and Archer finished a verse and a chorus that day. During a second writing session, they penned a second verse and the bridge. They also changed the hook from "eye of a hurricane" to "hit me like a hurricane," which went better. "'Eye of a hurricane' doesn't make any sense because that's the calm part of the storm," said Combs. "It's kind of counter-productive to where we were going with the title. When I go back and listen to it, I'm like, 'What were we thinking when we wrote that?"
Produced by Scott Moffatt formerly lead singer of the Nineties Canadian family band the Moffatts, the song nearly didn't get recorded thanks to a misunderstanding over the cost of mastering the This One's for You EP. "We recorded six tracks, and when they got done [Moffatt] was like, 'Hey man, we need to master these,' and I was like, 'What's that?'" Combs recalled to Rolling Stone. "I never mastered my first two [EPs], I just mixed them. I think the price was $200 per song, so I was like, 'I don't have $200 per song, and I'm not going to have it.'"
Combs only had the money to master one track and he picked "Hurricane" as it was closest to completion. Released as a single, on iTunes, it sold 15,000 copies in the first week, enough to garner a #46 debut on the Hot Country Songs chart. Its success enabled Combs to record the rest of the EP and pay Moffatt.
Fun fact: Luke Combs went to the same high school as Chase Rice.