Sam Hunt and Dwight Yoakam Become “Fast” Friends

They Get Acquainted at ACM Presents: Superstar Duets Taping

Sam Hunt is probably still pinching himself after the recent ACM Presents: Superstar Duets special. The rising star got to perform with one of country music’s greats — none other than Dwight Yoakam.

And not only was the performance of Yoakam’s classic “Fast as You,” pretty doggone killer and a big moment for the “Take Your Time,” the hang time backstage with the legend wasn’t too shabby either, according to Hunt.

“Getting to meet him was awesome, and we got to hang a little bit before getting on stage to play,” Hunt says. “As much as I loved being onstage and playing with him, my favorite part was just getting to hang with him a little bit before we got there.”

So what did they talk about? Did Yoakam give Hunt any advice? Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that room.

And while it may appear that the two really don’t have that much in common musically, I might have to argue otherwise. Though vastly different in terms of style, they are both about as authentic as it gets when it comes to their music.

For Hunt, the entire experience was magical, Yoakam and all.

“It was just cool to be a part of that event,” he says. “It’s phenomenal to think that I’m a part of the same genre as Dwight and all of the other great artists that have come before me.”

Other special pairings that night were Keith Urban and John Anderson on “Swingin’” and one of my personal favorites, Miranda Lambert and Patty Loveless’s “Blame It on Your Heart.”

Be still my “lyin’, cheatin’, double-dealing, mean, mistreating loving heart.”

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.