Sam Hunt released an official first single from his long-awaited forthcoming sophomore album Thursday, the relentlessly poppy, serotonin-drenched earworm “Body Like a Back Road.” It's a crossover-ready track that may have country fans screaming, "That isn't country," but that's nothing new for the Georgia native.
Earlier this month, Hunt released “Drinkin’ Too Much,” which sounded more like a drunk voicemail than a single. The SoundCloud post late New Year's Eve night was a thirst trap straight out of Drake's playbook; as if that weren’t enough, a couple days later he announced his engagement to Hannah Lee Fowler, his longtime on-and-off flame.
Back when Hunt released his debut album Montevallo in 2014, ahead-of-the-curve observers pointed out similarities between the country singer and that certain sensitive, Canadian rapper. Hunt's sing-talk vocal style was the first connection between the two artists, with his interest in hip-hop, less-than-country aesthetic and distinctly un-bro sensitivity sealing the deal.