Sam Hunt felt right at home when CMT Hot 20 Countdown caught up with him at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That night, Hunt’s headlining set at the NRG Stadium attracted 70,263 fans — a far cry from the smaller outdoor stage he first played at the Houston Rodeo three years ago.
But that wasn’t Hunt’s first rodeo. When he was a kid growing up in Georgia, he had legitimate aspirations of one day becoming a competitive bull rider.
“When I was really young, my babysitters had horses and I started riding them,” he told Hot 20‘s Cody Alan. “I got a horse when I was eight or 10 years old. And dad used to take me to the rodeo back home. I got into it big time. I wanted to be a bull rider when I grew up. We had goats, and I’d be out there in the pasture, roping the goats.”
Alan also got Hunt to talk about his runaway smash “Body Like a Back Road” and the spring wedding he’s planning with his fiancée Hannah Lee Fowler.
“I am working on new music and new songs,” he revealed. “I’ll continue to do that throughout the spring and summer. But that will be priority No. 2 behind planning a wedding and hanging with my fiancée, who will be my wife. Instead of waiting to have a full record done to put out new music, I’d like to be able to put out new music as I continue to work on it as we go.”
Family is playing a big part in helping the couple plan their wedding. “Fortunately her sister works in that business, but we’re low key,” he said. “We’re low maintenance – keep it small and quaint and quiet. So it’s not been too much of a burden.
“She’s a good girl,” he added of his fiancée. “Made to be.”
Hot 20 will also go behind the scenes with Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley as they get ready to host the 52nd annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas, reveal the secrets behind Miranda Lambert’s “We Should Be Friends” video and host the world premiere of Trace Adkins’ new video for “Watered Down.” The all-new episode airs Saturday (March 25) and Sunday (March 26) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour starts June 1 in Cleveland with Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follesé.