Genre-bender Sam Hunt took our time with his 2014 debut album, Montevallo, and we have not looked back. "Not country" labels aside, there's a reason Hunt has connected to so well to his fans-- he is as real as you might imagine and is unashamed of that fact. As he readies his long-awaited follow-up, sampled by the "Drinkin' Too Much" teaser track and the official "Body Like a Backroad" single release, One Country revisits his debut LP and his acoustic Between the Pines mixtape, which also includes songs he has written for other country superstars.
6 Best Songs From Sam Hunt (So Far):
"Take Your Time"
The single we couldn't get out of our heads just had to make this list. It's a perfect mix of the country boy swagger and the R&B-bent that peppers much of Hunt's work. Here, the song works to cement him as a bit progressive and daring in his field.
Recorded by Keith Urban, the song became a moderate hit for the Aussie, but it is Hunt's original version that is far more convincing. A romantic rendezvous on a backroad and getting arrested by the police? Doesn't seem like something Urban would ever done in his life--but Hunt? Totally believable.
There is something just plain cool and mysterious about this deep cut found on his acoustic mixtape. The melody is rugged, as if lifted from the wild, wild west. Undeniable.
From the wailing production in the intro to the acoustic-tilt to the verses, this stands as one of Hunt's best moments. The breakdown in the chorus is fast 'n furious and irresistibly provocative.
"Ex to See"
Gotta admit: the play on words--comparing a lover, who is more concerned with being seen by her ex than living in the moment, to the high of a psychoactive drug--is clever. And the way Hunt delivers the playful but brash lyric is charming and unapologetic.
A song Hunt co-wrote with two of Nashville's mightiest songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, sees one of Hunt's most compelling vocals. Kenny Chesney earned a hit single with it, but there's something more interesting when Hunt sings it. Underneath his typically-thick and poppy production on his debut album, there is a voice that is not heard or appreciated. But on his acoustic mixtape, he allows himself to prove his chops. Sure, he's not an Andrea Bocelli, but he can hold his own.
Miley Cyrus' new album Younger Now promises to bring Miley Cyrus back to country music. In preparation for the album Miley has softened her image and bought a palatial country home in Nashville signaling that she truly desires to return to the music heritage of her youth. The first single off the album is the title track is a love letter written to country fans defending her past and laying out a hope for her future.
Taylor Swift's Web site is blank. Her Twitter profile exists, but there's no profile picture-- same goes for Facebook. Don't get me started on her Instagram-- she deleted all of the photos.
Just days ago Swift won her sexual assault case against a Denver DJ who groped her before a 2013 concert. Before that, we saw Swift in February during her only scheduled concert of the year. There was a brief commotion over the possibility of her being carried out of her New York City apartment in a suitcase and she supposedly has a new boyfriend, but really-- Swift has been totally off-the-grid.
Swift hasn't tweeted since May and her few Instagram posts this year were about new music from friends.
But, now a total blackout of her online existence? It can only mean one thing-- she's about to shut it down, only to bring it back to life like never before.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Swift because this is going to be epic.
Kelsea Ballerini knows what's up. Not only has she become a massive country music star in the last couple of years, she's also becoming known for her down-to-earth advice and very approachable vibe. A couple of years ago, people started comparing her legs to Carrie Underwood's-- a compliment for the ages, sure. But, when asked her workout routine she just said she walks her dog and tries to go easy on the chicken tenders every now and then. (Results definitely not guaranteed.)
When it comes to beauty advice, Kelsea's not trying to talk about some product you can only buy in France under a bridge from someone who once walked past Gwyneth Paltrow-- she's throwing out real helpful advice.
Kelsea told the Grand Ole Opry that it's all about washing your face-- simple, yet effective.
But, really, she started slinging knowledge when she shared some advice from her mom, "My mom told me when I was younger... you either play up the eyes or the lip, but you can't do both because you'd look crazy."
This is the type of advice that should hang on the walls of middle schools everywhere-- kind of like the "hang in there" cat poster.
Everywhere you turn these days there is excitement for the solar eclipse. I can't blame people either. A total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-generation event so unique that people take vacations and travel oversees to catch them. But with all the buzz about the solar event, a lot of us still don't know exactly what it is. So who better to educate us that 8 year-old genius and Global Science Ambassador Romanieo Golphin, Jr?
Kip Moore's Video for "The Bull" Is a Wild Ride That Will Remind You Life is About the Ups AND the Downs
Kip Moore doesn't usually record songs he didn't write. But once you hear "The Bull," you'll immediately understand why he chose to perform this outside song.
Jimmy Kimmel recently spoke out against white supremacy during a late night monologue and upset a lot of people. Our publishing of said monologue created the same effect. Instead of going at his detractors with bared teeth, Kimmel simply read their thoughts out loud on air while blurring out their names, noting where they were right, and where they erred. If there's one thing that can begin to heal our differences it's a rational, calm, conversation.