• Darius Rucker For the First Time
  • Kip Moore Last Shot
  • Lady Antebellum Heart Break
  • Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty
  • Jon Pardi She Ain't In It</br
  • Lauren Alaina Doin' Fine
  • Eric Paslay Young Forever
  • Travis Denning David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs
  • Dierks Bentley Woman, Amen

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SAM HUNT IS LOOKING FORWARD TO PERFORMING AT THE INDY 500 THIS WEEKEND.

Sam Hunt is set to headline the fifth annual Firestone Legends Day concert on Saturday (May 26th), and he’s looking forward to performing for the crowds gathered for the Indianapolis 500.

“The race is the draw, but when you have people together in a good mood for a common cause and you can come in and provide entertainment during the down time, it’s like you’re already ahead when you start playing,” says Sam. “There is something about having people come out to a show and specifically come out to see you, but there’s also something about getting a bunch of people together to have a good time and playing some music and that’s what we’ll be doing at the race. I’ve never been to this style of race and I’ve never been in this environment before. I’ve gone to some races back around the house at Talladega, which is just down the road from my [old] house, and they’re just so festive. The race culture is unique and specific, and I can get in there and mix it up with ‘em.”

This will be the first live performance of his new hit, “Downtown’s Dead,” which he just released last week. It’s the follow-up to 2017’s smash hit, “Body Like a Back Road.”

He joins Luke Bryan for his What Makes You Country XL Stadium Tour May 31st in Toronto.

Audio / Sam Hunt is looking forward to performing ahead of the Indianapolis 500 race this weekend.

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Sam Hunt (Indy 500) OC: …up with ‘em. :41
“Obviously, I’m not the draw. The race is the draw, but when you have people together in a good mood for a common cause and you can come in and provide entertainment during the down time, it’s like you’re already ahead when you start playing. There is something about having people come out to a show and specifically come out to see you, but there’s also something about getting a bunch of people together to have a good time and playing some music and that’s what we’ll be doing at the race. I’ve never been to this style of race and I’ve never been in this environment before. I’ve gone to some races back around the house at Talladega, which is just down the road from my [old] house, and they’re just so festive. The race culture is unique and specific, and I can get in there and mix it up with ‘em.”

Audio / Sam Hunt is looking forward to playing the Firestone Legends Day concert at the Indy 500 this weekend.

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Sam Hunt (Indy 500) a OC: …exciting. :14
“I’m really excited to play the Firestone Legends Day concert at the Indy 500. This’ll be my first time at the race, and I know everybody’ll be in good spirits, all the race fans. I’m hoping to provide a little entertainment during the down time, so it’s gonna be exciting.”

DARIUS RUCKER LIVES LIFE THROUGH HIS LATEST HIT, ‘FOR THE FIRST TIME.’

Darius Rucker is poised to enter the top of the country charts with his latest song, “For the First Time.” He says the song means “living life” to the fullest and doing something you’ve never done.

“For me, that song is really about life; about going out and living life and doing something you haven’t done before, because at this point in my life that’s something that’s so important to me – to do those bucket list things that you’ve never gotten to do,” says Darius. “And I just thought that song was perfect.”

Darius, who just performed his No. 1 hit “Wagon Wheel” on ABC’s American Idol finale, will return to national television on Thursday (May 24th) at 11:35pm ET as the musical guest for a special Fleet Week episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC. He will then grace the TODAY plaza stage for the Citi Summer Concert Series on Friday (May 25th).

The South Carolina native will hit the road with Lady Antebellum on their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour, kicking off July 19th in Toronto.

Audio / Darius Rucker talks about what his latest hit, “For the First Time,” means to him.

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Darius Rucker (For the First Time) OC: …that song. :29
“For me, that song is really about life; about going out and living life and doing something you haven’t done before, because at this point in my life that’s something that’s so important to me – to do those bucket list things that you’ve never gotten to do.  And I just thought that song was perfect, and it wasn’t just the lyrics. The lyrics are great and I love the story and everything, but I just thought the music was so country, and at the beginning that beat that laid behind it, I just man, that’s the kind of music I want to make. I love that song.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (For the First Time)

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TRAVIS DENNING TELLS HIS STORY WITH HIS DEBUT SONG, DAVID ASHLEY PARKER FROM POWDER SPRINGS.

Travis Denning is climbing the country charts with his debut single, “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs,” a story based solely on his own experiences with a fake id that’s connecting with people everywhere.

“A friend of mine I went to high school with, he was one of my best friends in high school, he was going to school at University of Georgia. He went out one night and while he was out, he found an id on the floor of the bar, and he called me and said, ‘Hey man. It kind of looks a lot like you – looks like a skinny white boy with a buzzed haircut,’” recalls Travis. “So, he gave me that id, and that ultimately led to about a year-and-a-half of my life where like I was that guy, and that’s what I used to go to the bar, to buy beer at the gas station, you know whatever it was. And I think that’s when we wrote the song, I told my story. I told my version of the story.”

Travis shot the video for the song earlier this week, and the REAL David Ashley Parker (real name is Ashley David Parker) showed up.

For all information on music and tour dates, go to travisdenning.com.

Audio / Travis Denning talks about the story behind his debut single, “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.”

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Travis Denning (DAPFPS) OC: …about this song. :50
“A friend of mine I went to high school with, he was one of my best friends in high school, he was going to school at University of Georgia. He went out one night and while he was out, he found an id on the floor of the bar, and he called me and said, ‘Hey man. It kind of looks a lot like you – looks like a skinny white boy with a buzzed haircut.’ So, he gave me that id, and that ultimately led to about a year-and-a-half of my life where like I was that guy, and that’s what I used to go to the bar, to buy beer at the gas station, you know whatever it was. And I think that’s when we wrote the song, I told my story. I told my version of the story, and what’s so amazing is now that it’s out and people are hearing it and connecting with it, you find out that it’s everybody’s story. We all did the same thing with our fake id, and I think that’s what’s special about this song.”

 

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs)

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BROTHERS OSBORNE PERFORM ‘WEED, WHISKEY AND WILLIE’ ON SETH MEYERS.

Brothers Osborne perform “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday night (May 21st). The song is from their new album, Port Saint Joe.

The ACM and CMA Duo of the Year is currently making their way up the country charts with “Shoot Me Straight,” which they’re performing on Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High Tour. Check out brothersosborne.com for information on tour dates, music and more.

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DIERKS BENTLEY RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘YOU CAN’T BRING ME DOWN’ FROM ‘THE MOUNTAIN.’

Dierks Bentley revealed another new video for “You Can’t Bring Me Down,” from his upcoming ninth studio album, The Mountain.

He’s released clips for “Woman, Amen,” “The Mountain” and “Living” leading up to the release of his record on June 8th.

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LUKE BRYAN DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ON AMERICAN IDOL FINALE AND PREPS THE NEXT LEG OF HIS AWARD-WINNING TREK, WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY TOUR.

Luke Bryan celebrated the Season 1 finale of ABC’s American Idol Monday night (May 21st) by premiering his new single “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” from his No. 1 debuting What Makes You Country album. The song, written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, is the follow up to Luke’s 20th career No. 1 single “Most People Are Good.”  Find it here–http://strm.to/SunriseSunburnSunset

On May 31st, Luke will resume his “What Makes You Country Tour, which won Top Country Tour Sunday night (May 19th) on the Billboard Music Awards. The summer dates kick-off with two back-to-back stadium concerts the first weekend- Toronto’s Rogers Centre and MetLife Stadium outside New York City. The stadium dates are coined “WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY TOUR XL STADIUM SIZED” and by the end of October, Luke will headline some of the North America’s biggest and best sports venues in Cincinnati, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles (the first country concert to ever be held in Dodgers Stadium), Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Vancouver and wrapping the tour in Detroit at Ford Field on October 26th.

“I’m excited to kick this summer tour off and get back in front of the fans,” said Luke. “To think about the opportunity to also include 13 stadiums is unreal!  This line up is going to have so much energy. Can’t wait!”

 

What Makes You Country Tour:

 

DATE                    CITY                                                    VENUE
5/31                        Toronto, ON                                        Rogers Centre
6/2                          East Rutherford, NJ                          MetLife Stadium
6/9                          Myrtle Beach, SC                                Carolina Country Music Fest
6/10                        Nashville, TN                                        CMA Music Festival
6/14                        Columbia, MD                                     Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/15                        N Lawrence, OH                                  Country Fest Ohio
6/16                        Cincinnati, OH                                    Great American Ball Park
6/21                        West Palm Beach, FL                         Coral Sky Amphitheatre
6/22                        Jacksonville, FL                                   Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
6/23                        Tampa, FL                                           Raymond James Stadium
6/28                        Raleigh, NC                                          Coastal Credit Union Music Park
6/29                        Charlotte, NC                                       PNC Music Pavilion
6/30                        Pittsburgh, PA                                     Heinz Field
7/6                          Boston, MA                                          Fenway Park
7/8                          Cavendish, PE                                      Cavendish Beach Music Festival
7/14                        Calgary, AB                                          The Calgary Stampede
7/15                        Craven, SK                                           Country Thunder
7/20                        Monticello, IA                                      Great Jones County Fair
7/21                        Minneapolis, MN                                Target Field
7/22                        Twin Lakes, WI                                   Country Thunder
7/25                        Lake Tahoe, NV                                  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s
7/26                        Paso Robles, CA                                  California Mid-State Fair
7/28                        Los Angeles, CA                                  Dodger Stadium
8/1                          Rogers, AR                                            Walmart AMP
8/2                          Omaha, NE                                           Century Link Center
8/4                          Denver, CO                                          Sports Authority Field at Mile High
8/17                        Syracuse, NY                                        Lakeview Amphitheater
8/18                        Bristow, VA                                          Jiffy Lube Live
8/19                        Saratoga Springs, NY                          Saratoga PAC
8/24                        Indianapolis, IN                                   Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/25                        St Louis, MO                                       Busch Stadium
8/26                        Kansas City, MO                                 Sprint Center
9/1                          Chicago, IL                                          Wrigley Field
9/7                          Houston, TX                                         Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/8                          Dallas, TX                                             Dos Equis Pavilion
9/13                        Rapid City, SD                                     Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
9/14                        Billings, MT                                          Rimrock Auto Arena
9/19                        Missoula, MT                                       Big Sky Brewing
9/20                        Boise, ID                                               Ford Idaho Center
10/11                     Portland, OR                                         Moda Center
10/12                     Seattle, WA                                           White River Amphitheater
10/13                     Vancouver, BC                                   BC Place Stadium
10/25                     Rochester, NY                                      Blue Cross Arena

10/26                     Detroit, MI                                           Ford Field

Sam Hunt joins the tour as the special guest on all stadium shows along with Jon Pardi. Additional openers include Morgan Wallen (May-August), Carly Pearce (September & October) and DJ Rock. A full tour schedule is available www.lukebryan.com.

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DARIUS RUCKER ROCKS “WAGON WHEEL” ON “AMERICAN IDOL” SEASON FINALE WITH RUNNER-UP CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON; TEES UP MORE MEDIA THIS WEEK.

Darius Rucker brought his widely popular hit “Wagon Wheel” to the “American Idol” stage on Monday night, as he partnered with eventual runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson on the show’s highly anticipated season finale.

“It’s so inspiring to see how much talent, passion and ambition these contestants have,” said Rucker. “I loved being a part of Caleb’s experience on ‘American Idol.’ He’s got that old school voice.

Rucker, whose current single “For The First Time” is currently in the Top 3 on the country charts, will return to national television on Thursday, May 24th at 11:35 p.m. EDT as the musical guest for a special Fleet Week episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

The man Billboard calls “one of the torch-bearers for the format” will again bring a selection of his country music hits to fans nationwide as he graces the “TODAY” plaza stage for the Citi Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 25 starting at 7:00 a.m. EDT.

Rucker will continue his summer of music with the ninth annual “Darius and Friends” show benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Monday, June 4th, as well as his co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with Lady Antebellum, kicking off Thursday, July 19th in Toronto, Ontario.

For more information about new music, appearances and tour dates, please visit www.dariusrucker.com or follow on social media @DariusRucker.

About Darius Rucker 
Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, he has celebrated four summits to the top of the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album, True Believers. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his seventh No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, and Nathan Chapman. Rucker’s latest album on Capitol Records Nashville, When Was The Last Time, featured the lead single “If I Told You,” his eighth No. 1 on country radio. The album’s second single, “For The First Time,” is currently Top 3-and-climbing.

MEMORIAL DAY 2018

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day celebrated Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars. 

Some of your favorite country artists talk about what it means to be free because of the brave men and women willing to fight and sacrifice for our freedom.

 

Audio / Brandon Lay says he’s incredibly humbled by anyone who has or is serving in the military and thanks them for their dedication and service.

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Brandon Lay (Memorial Day) OC: …without you. :37
“My dad was in the National Guard for six years, and his dad was in the Army and in North Africa during World War II. One of my good buddies, Dan Berry, is a captain at Fort Campbell. I’m incredibly humbled every time I’m around those guys, because it really just puts it in perspective. Memorial Day is a special time to remember and gain perspective that everything we enjoy comes with a price, and these guys have paid the ultimate price and so have their families. So, to anybody that’s served in the military, we salute you, and we couldn’t have the life we have without you.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley, whose own father was a World War II veteran, talks about the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women.

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Dierks (Memorial Day) OC: …upon them. :37
“On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”

Audio / Eric Church, whose grandfathers served in World War II, says the sacrifices the men and women in the military make are really touching.

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Eric Church (grandfathers in WW2) OC: …touching to me. :21
“Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans. I mean, that’s something that’s very rare. I’m not unique, you know. There’s a lot of people out there like that that their grandfathers served. The way that I was raised was very much red, white and blue and very patriotic, and I think that it’s the fact that what they give up is the real thing that’s very touching to me.”

Audio / Jordan Davis thanks the service men and women who have sacrificed to protect and defend America.

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Jordan Davis (Memorial Day) OC: …gave it all. :29
“You know, both my grandparents were in the service; my cousin was also a Marine, so the military hits close to home. I mean I can’t say enough about ‘em. We live in the best country in the world, and it’s because of those guys and because of the people that came before ‘em. So, I can’t thank ‘em enough. I wish we had Memorial Day every day, but it is great to have one day to thank the men and the women that gave it all.”

Audio / Keith Urban wrote and recorded “For You” a few years ago for the film, Act of Valor, which was inspired by real life events and starred a group of active-duty Navy SEALs. After hanging out with the SEALS, he was very impressed with their commitment of service.

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Keith Urban (SEALS mantra) OC: …conviction. :30
“They have a mantra, and they say ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ and they had this spirit of brotherhood and that’s a particular thing that’s the way in which, I think, it exists is very specific to the Seals. I mean, military in general have this very strong brotherhood code; it’s a particular kind of thing in the Seals. As was the testament, to Lt. Roark who is the lead guy in the film; when he was interviewed talked about funerals he had been to, and he says ‘there isn’t really any one of us who isn’t just a little bit jealous of the guy who’s died,’ and ok, I heard that, that’s a particular way of being that I cannot relate to. That is an unbelievable depth of commitment and conviction.”

Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says they’re overwhelmed by the huge sacrifices that both the military and their families make in order to be free.

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LBT (Memorial Day) OC: …whenever we can. :44
KAREN: “It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. Kimberly and I met a young girl…she [was] 21 years old, and she has a third baby, and her husband has served multiple times overseas. She’s raising these children at home and doing a great job and the best that she can, and he’s serving our country. He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children. And we just can’t take it for granted. I mean, it’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.”

Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his grandfather who served during World War II.

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Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
“My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

 

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY LINERS 2018: Billy, Brandon, Brothers O, Dierks, Jordan, Josh, Keith, LBT, Maddie & Tae, Travis

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)

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“Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Memorial Day)

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“Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Bros Osborne (Memorial Day) 2

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“Hey! What’s up guys? We’re Brothers Osborne. We just wanted to send our thanks to all you service men and women and the ones who’ve gone before you for sacrificing time with your families, sacrificing your own needs and even sacrificing your lives so we can be free to do what we want to do. It means more than you’ll ever know.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Memorial Day)

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“Hey everybody, this is Dierks Bentley. I just want to say thank you to the men and  women in uniform on this day and every day.”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Memorial Day)

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“Hey-I’m Jordan Davis taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (thanks to military)

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“Hey! This is Josh Turner. I just wanted to say thank you to all of our servicemen and women for what you do around the world.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day)

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“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Memorial Day)

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“Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Memorial Day Weekend)

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“Hey everybody—I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie and Tae. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Memorial Day)

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“Hey y’all—it’s Travis Denning. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

 

 

SAM HUNT HUMBLED BY REACTION TO ‘BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD.’

Sam Hunt was at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 20th) and picked up the BBMA for Top Country Song for the five-time platinum “Body Like a Back Road,” which he released last year. Sam is still humbled by the reaction of the song, which spent a record 34 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

“It’s awesome to have a reaction like that from a song, because that song was kind of uncharted territory for me,” says Sam. “So, it almost felt like I was putting out my first record for the first time where you conceptualize this idea and you’ve already conceptualized the reaction that you expect to have to this a song and you just hope that it all comes true. And this exceeded those expectations by a long shot, so it was just really great. I was just really humbled by how many people were anticipating new music, because that really helped this song have legs and really get going.”

The Georgia native just released his new song, “Downtown’s Dead,” which he co-wrote with Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell and Charlie Handsome.

Audio / Sam Hunt is humbled by the reaction people had to his multi-platinum, award-winning song, “Body Like a Back Road.”

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Sam Hunt (Billboard Music Awards BLABR) OC: …get going. :33
“It’s awesome to have a reaction like that from a song, because that song was kind of uncharted territory for me. So, it almost felt like I was putting out my first record for the first time where you conceptualize this idea and you’ve already conceptualized the reaction that you expect to have to this a song and you just hope that it all comes true. And this exceeded those expectations by a long shot, so it was just really great. I was just really humbled by how many people were anticipating new music, because that really helped this song have legs and really get going.”

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