Sam Hunt: Ready to Cover the ’90s Ladies

10 Tunes for His Set List

Of all the country newcomers to promise some cover songs from the girls who ruled the country charts in the ‘90s, I have to admit, I never would’ve guessed it would be Sam Hunt.

With his unorthodox spin on country music, he’s actually the least likely guy to be adding Reba, Trisha and Wynonna songs to his set list. And yet that’s what he told ABC News Radio he’s doing.

“Covers are tricky, but we’ve been sort of working up a little thing where we’re gonna do some cool songs that I grew up listening to,” Hunt said. “Maybe it’s sort of a nod to a lot of the female country singers of the era.”

Hunt has already planned on adding Wynonna’s “No One Else on Earth” and Reba’s “Fancy” (which is actually a Bobbie Gentry cover) to his show. But maybe we should come up with a list of other artists and songs we’d like to hear him sing.

1. Lorrie Morgan, “Except for Monday”

2. Martina McBride, “My Baby Loves Me”

3. Patty Loveless, “Jealous Bone”

4. Pam Tillis, “Maybe It Was Memphis”

5. Dolly Parton, “Silver and Gold”

6. Trisha Yearwood, “Like We Never Had a Broken Heart”

7. Pam Tillis, “Spilled Perfume”

8. Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Passionate Kisses”

9. Tanya Tucker, “Down to My Last Teardrop”

10. The Judds, “One Hundred and Two”

If Hunt could take on even half that list, he’d cement his status as a country artist with genuine country roots. And he wouldn’t even need to need to trade his flat-brimmed cap for a cowboy hat to do it.

After kicking off his Lipstick Graffiti tour last week in Hollywood on Thursday, Hunt is headed to Texas for two shows at the House of Blues — Thursday (Feb. 5) in Dallas and Friday in Houston.

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