Every Tuesday night, Rob Snyder invites Nashville musicians to bare their souls at the Tin Roof.
The casual pub is located on Historic Lower Broadway in the city’s downtown, just about a 20-minute walk from the Bridgestone Arena, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Nashville Music City Center.
Snyder’s adamant that all are welcome at the weekly gathering. But there is one rule: Whatever song you play, it’s got to have some soul.
One night in 2014, a new attendee introduced himself to Snyder.
“He cracked me up,” says Snyder, whose mother is a Lancaster native. “He just showed up in khaki shorts and you know, he kind of had this scraggly, kind of Amish-looking beard. He wasn’t like the rock-hard abs guy that most guys are, that have their frosted tips and they’re all like, ‘Oh, I'm here to sing country music.’”
That guy? Luke Combs, who has since won new artist of the year at the Country Music Association Awards and is nominated for a best new artist Grammy.
Snyder co-wrote “She’s Got the Best of Me” with Combs and Channing Wilson. The song was the only track to spend four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in 2018. “She’s Got the Best of Me” wasn’t even included on the original version of Combs’ album “This One’s for You.” It appeared as a bonus track on the album’s re-release, “This One’s for You Too.”