Tracy Chapman, Luke Combs drove me to tears with ‘Fast Car’ Grammys duet. It’s a good thing.

Why the heck was I weeping?

I’m a 50-something white guy watching the Grammys on Sunday night just trying to keep up with what the kids are listening to.

But then, there they were: Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs singing “Fast Car.”

And there were the tears.

The moment created by Combs and Chapman spoke to so many parts of my life, but also to where we are now as a country.

I first heard Chapman’s “Fast Car” in 1988, when I was trying to blow a big chunk of my summer earnings on a real stereo. Chapman’s self-titled new album was on heavy rotation in stereo stores. The crisp, clean sound she created was everything you wanted out of a speaker.