Sam Hunt travels to Mexico in his latest music video for “Downtown’s Dead.” The four-minute clip follows the singer as he rides a motorcycle through the cobblestone streets and dirt roads of the vibrant country.
The colorful buildings of Queretaro, Mexico, and the picturesque mountains are highlighted in the video. Meanwhile, the lyrics “downtown’s dead,” come to life as cameras pan empty city streets giving the ghost town feel that Sam sings of in the song.
“As long as you’re still in my head / There ain’t a way that I can paint a ghost town red / Downtown’s dead, downtown’s dead,” he sings on the track’s chorus.
While touring the streets of Mexico, Sam’s bike breaks down. After walking it to a mechanic, he now wanders around and explores the city alone on foot and finds himself stumbling upon an outdoor market and kids playing soccer in the streets. By sunset, his bike is fixed and the camera angle allows the viewer to see Sam ride off into the distance from his perspective.
“Downtown’s Dead” was released in May and co-written by Sam with Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally and Charlie Handsome. It is the first taste of new music from Sam, following his massively successful previous single, “Body Like a Back Road,” which was No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 34 weeks. The song set the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the six-decade history of the chart.
“Body Like a Back Road” was named the 2017 Academy of Country Music Award for Single Record of the Year. Sam will be honored with the ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award at the ACM Honors ceremony in August in recognition of the song’s achievement. Currently, Sam serves as a special guest this summer throughout Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country Tour – XL Stadium Sized.