Sam Hunt Pulled Me Off My Bandwagon

How Country Does Country Have to Be?

If there’s a country’s-not-country-enough bandwagon, that’s the one I’m usually on. But sometimes there’s a song, maybe an entire album, that has me jumping off that bandwagon — at least temporarily — just for a change of pace.

Sam Hunt got me to jump off.

I fully intend to get back on my original bandwagon, but ever since I saw Hunt perform live on Friday (Oct. 10), friends have been accusing me of straying too far from my typical fare.

I agree. There’s no banjo/fiddle/steel trifecta. There’s no stop-and-think lyrics. And there’s no mention of prisons or rodeos, the two places I love to visit in country music.

Hunt’s songs resemble nothing I’ve loved about country music in the past. Yet, there I was, singing along to his whole set (and not just his radio hit “Leave the Night On” ), along with all the other fans packed in tight to see Hunt open before Charlie Worsham took the stage during Kip Moore‘s CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke .

According to USA Today , one thing country about Hunt is his past.

“I could probably recite just about every song that was on country radio between 1990 and 2000,” Hunt said.

I like the sound of that. Plus, even though his own songs aren’t the straight-up stuff, he’s been writing country for a while. Hunt co-wrote Kenny Chesney‘s “Come Over,” Billy Currington‘s “We Are Tonight” and Keith Urban‘s “Cop Car.”

Hunt’s debut album Montevallo will be out Oct. 27.

Listen to a few of his songs, and see if it pulls you off the bandwagon with me.

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Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.