Sam Hunt may be the next big thing to hit country music. He’s already made his presence known in a HUGE way, and you may not even be aware of it as he currently has three songs being played over the country music airwaves. He currently has his super catchy single “Raised On It” on Sirius XM’s The Highway, along with his penned songs “We Are Tonight” (Billy Currington) and “Cop Car” (Keith Urban) being played on country radio stations everywhere. You may even remember Kenny Chesney’s tune “Come Over“? — yeah, Hunt wrote that one too.
Recently, Hunt agreed to a deal with Universal Records in Nashville and will be releasing a new single and album sometime this year. Sam was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Hopefully his answers allow his current and future fans to get to know him a bit better.
First of all, how did you get started in country music? How did you know that country music was what you wanted to do?
I’ve been listening to country music my whole life but when I graduated high school I bought a guitar and started learning to play a lot of the country songs I was a fan of. A few years later I’d started writing songs myself and decided to make the move to Nashville.
What’s your biggest accomplishment so far in your music career?
“What I Need to Do” by Kenny Chesney is one of the first songs I learned to play and sing on the guitar. So having him record and put out “Come Over” a couple years ago has been the biggest for me so far.
Your current single “Raised On It” is getting some hype on Sirius XM’s The Highway. Can you talk about the single?
I don’t know for sure if it’s going to be the first single off the record. It’s been more of an introduction so far. My management got it to John Marks at Sirius XM and he liked it and started playing it. We made a $1000 “music video” and hoped folks liked it. I wrote [the song] with Jerry Flowers and one of my producers, Zach Crowell.
I hear there is a new album in the works. Can you tell us about that?
There is a debut album in the works. About half of the songs [going on the album] have been recorded. Can’t give you a date, but I know it’ll be out this year. Should have a single going to country radio before the summer.
To me, you sound like Jack Johnson mixed with OneRepublic but still totally country. You have a unique sound. Who are your musical influences and where do you get inspiration to write a song?
I’m sure I’ve been influenced by a lot of music that I’m not enough aware of to credit. I’ve been more influenced by songs from all genre’s than I have any specific artists or genres. My songwriting inspiration comes from the life I’ve lived and am living… and a girl.
What do you like to do when you aren’t performing or writing music?
I play a lot of pick up basketball at the YMCA.
If you could be on any reality show, what would it be?
I wouldn’t be on a show where I had no control of the edit.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a cat named Dandelion. I had two pygmy goats named Stephan and Lewis but I had to get rid of them after recieving a letter from the city in the mail.
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened at one of your live shows?
We were playing a show in Oxford, OH at a great venue called Brickstreet. At the time, we were out with a stripped down acoustic/laptop rig and the beats/bass were coming out of tracks with Ty and Burk playing acoustic. It was a strong/rowdy crowd that night (as always) and when we went to close the set with “Raised On It”, my co-manager Brad was standing side stage and invited a few girls up to dance for the final song. before we knew it, the whole stage flooded with people. Someone unfortunately stepped on the cabling for the laptop/tracks and in the middle of the first chorus the beats/bass go dead. Without missing a beat, my buddy Brad steps up to a mic and starts beat-boxing the rhythm to [Raised On It]. Within a bar or so the song got back on track and we finished out the last chorus with a full stage sing along. Just another night in Oxford.
Beer or whiskey?
What’s next for you?
A ton of time on the road this spring. A quick run with Chase Rice and then onto a few weeks out with David Nail, as well as a run with Cassadee Pope. After that, playing festivals throughout the summer.
What’s the best way for others to stay up to date with you?
I stay pretty connected with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc….OR they can come out to see a show.
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If you haven’t already, be sure to head on over to www.SamHunt.com to download his full “Between The Pines” mixtape for free. You’ll be able to hear the original versions of “Raised On It”, “We Are Tonight” and “Cop Car”. Go on… you’ll be glad you did.