Sam Hunt dropped his first new single in nearly 18 months with the infectious jam “Kinfolks” on Thursday (Oct. 10).
A song that recalls the pop-country production of his previous 34-week No. 1 hit “Body Like a Back Road” and the country storytelling the Georgia native is known for, “Kinfolks” marks a welcome return for the country star.
Hunt penned the song with frequent collaborators Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne. It’s the first taste of new music from his forthcoming sophomore album, expected for an early 2020 release.
In a statement about “Kinfolks,” Hunt said he uses the phrase in terms of introducing a girl to his family and friends back home. “It’s my buddies who’ve been a part of my story from the beginning,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of new friends and met a lot of new people who are important to me since I’ve moved away, but that core group is still my core group. It’s like that old saying, ‘you can’t make old friends.’”
Listen to “Kinfolks” below.