Georgia native Sam Hunt, who recently signed with UMG records, has hit the music industry full force. He has written songs for names like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. He recently just had a song reach #1 on the country music charts titled “We Are Tonight” by Billy Currington. Sam Hunt is not only a writer but a true performer as well.
On August 2, 2014 Sam Hunt was taking the stage at the Carroll County Fair in Westminster, Maryland. “Raised on It” was the perfect opening song, since the majority of the crowd seemed to know it well. “Ex to See” and his current single “Leave the Night On” followed. However, what happened next was true artistry at its finest.
“Is it alright if I play you guys some music I grew up on?” he asked. He then did a 90’s medley of songs such as “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter and Diamond Rio’s “Meet in the Middle.” Not only were his vocals exceptional, but his ability to play instruments was phenomenal. He sure knows how to pick a banjo. He also performed songs which will be on his upcoming album set to release this October. “Take Your Time” and “Breakup in a Small Town” were performed to perfection. I’ve never seen someone get so lost in their music and have so much passion for what they do. Sam is a story teller, a songwriter. He also makes beats for his music and plays a variety of instruments including the piano. He is the true definition of art. “At first I tried a lot of specific sounds like traditional country, an R&B kind of thing, a urban hip-hop kind of thing but none of those things represented me by themselves, but when I took all of that and sort of put it in the same pot and tried to incorporate all of those influences into one sound that’s where I guess it all came from” Sam said as he tried to describe his sound and what genre he fits into best. Sam Hunt is special, and there is no genre that can hold that much talent. His talent is massive.
His one hour set wasn’t enough for the crowd in Westminster, MD. After Sam exited the stage you could hear the crowd chant “one more song” over and over until Sam had no choice but to come back onto the stage. “I’m all out of songs to play” he said as he laughed. However, that didn’t stop him from showing his love for traditional country by performing a George Strait song in honor of his label mate retiring.
Sam Hunt is defying all the rules and is without a doubt in his own lane. Watching him on stage is beautiful. Sam Hunt is the Picasso of not only country music, but music in general.