It’s been just over a year since we’ve had new music from Sam Hunt. His last single, “Downtown’s Dead” hit its peak on the country singles charts in the summer of 2018 and since then, fans of the “Body Like a Back Road” singer have been anxious to hear what would be next for the singer.
With the release of his new single, “Kinfolks,” those fans can rejoice.
Sam co-wrote “Kinfolks” with proven hitmakers Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne and, thematically, it recognizes and celebrates Sam’s small town background as he often does. Lines like, “How come I ain’t seen you around here before” invoke a smile because they’re simple and true, while introducing a potential romance to your “kinfolks” implies an investment and a commitment from a country boy.
The production on “Kinfolks” is very similar to Sam’s previous releases with its groove-driven beats and drum loops, however, there also seems to be a slight softening, perhaps scaling back or moving away from that contemporary feel. In the past, this successful singer-songwriter has discussed the influence that traditional country music has had on him and has mentioned moving towards those classic arrangements.
Is it possible that Sam’s second album could be a transition towards that country music? Maybe. Lyrically, he has never wandered far from themes that reflect his Georgia roots. It’s only in the studio that he and his team have dabbled with modern tricks and tracks…with great success.
Sam isn’t reinventing the wheel with “Kinfolks,” but as cool temps settle in, it might be comforting to wrap yourself up in something familiar.