We all know Hunt as the pop-country artist who was at his peak back when country music radio was at its worst.
You know, I’m talking about that era between 2010 to 2018 when country music radio was the farthest thing from country, and Hunt was atop the charts with songs like “House Party,” “Break Up In A Small Town,” “Body Like A Back Road,” and “Take Your Time.”
Every song was filled with electronic beats, usually shallow lyrics about drinking, trucks, and and as somebody who was getting acclimated to the world of independent country music at the time, it disgusted me that this was the best they had to offer coming out of the Music City at the time.
Not gonna lie, I always felt like Sam probably had more talent than most, was capable of producing some good country music, and actually wanted to considering he publicly stated he was a big fan or Childers and Sturgill. He also dabbled in some bluegrass stuff a couple years back.
But at the end of the day, it’s hard to flip the script when something is as successful as his 2014 Montevallo album.
However, the man released a song today that has changed my perception on the guy, even if it’s in just the slightest bit.
Titled “Start Nowhere,” this is the most country song Hunt has ever released in my opinion. Featuring a predominately acoustic guitar riff as well as some steel guitar licks, it’s much more more stripped down than the usual Sam Hunt (over)production.
And the song is full of deep self reflection, a longing for home, and appears to be a testament to a fresh start he’s been yearning for… for quite some time:
“Well, I don’t know but I’ve been told Moss don’t grow on a rolling stone Me, I wanna go where the river rolls And breathe in that old down home
Feelin’ again ’cause lately I’ve been Spinnin’ my wheels out gone with the wind When I need to get back to who I am There ain’t but just one road there Sometimes you gotta start nowhere”
So, I guess the question is, is this the new version we’re getting of Sam Hunt? Or is it just a tease? Not to mention the video is full of old home video footage from Sam’s childhood.
After listening to this one, it shows the potential he truly has, and has been keeping locked up in the arsenal for quite some time.
I’m not getting my hopes up, but I’d love to see it.