ARTIST TO WATCH: SAM HUNT
Country music has undergone a makeover in recent years. Some of the more successful artists over the past decade (Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Alan Jackson) are having trouble remaining relevant. Replacing these artists at the top of the charts is a group of artists that are finding success in a nationwide phenomenon known as “bro-country”. Artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and even Tim McGraw have ditched the traditional country approach of the past & are now coming up with a more hip-hop/pop inspired brand of country music. Artists are now writing songs from beats & production instead of the steel guitar. It’s the natural evolution of a genre that has needed it in the worst way. It seems “bro-country” is here to stay, and I think that’s a good thing for country music.
Former UAB quarterback Sam Hunt is a newcomer in the “bro-country” world, but he’s finding success at a fast rate. If you’re a fan of country music, there’s a chance you’re familiar with Sam Hunt and don’t even know it. He got his big break when “Come Over”, a song he helped co-write, got recorded by Kenny Chesney. The song became a #1 hit and sold over a million copies. He also co-wrote Keith Urbans “Cop Car” and Billy Curringtons “We Are Tonight”, both singles currently climbing the country charts. After finding success as a songwriter, Hunt decided to try his hand recording some of his material. He released a free 15-track acoustic mix-tape “Between the Pines” on his website and his debut single “Raised On It” has been labeled as a Highway Find on Sirius XM. He signed a record deal with MCA Nashville in January 2014, will be touring with label mate David Nail thru the spring/summer, and hopes to release his debut album in the fall. You can currently find him on the road as part of the “Ready Set Roll” tour with Chase Rice. Already finding success in a short time-frame, you can expect a big 2014 and more from Sam Hunt.
Head over to his official website to download his free 15-track mix-tape “Between The Pines”