Sam Hunt may not be your idea of a traditional country artist, but there’s no denying his music is connecting with millions of fans. Sam grew up in Georgia and went to college in Alabama, so he’s spent plenty of time in the small towns and on the back roads he sings about in his songs.
Sam calls his music a “2017 version” of country music. He tells “Hits Daily Double,” “I want to write songs about my life and my life experience. Our country culture today is different than it was 20 or 30 years ago. And if country music is about real life, then I’ve got that in how my songs are.”
That country culture is influenced by a generation of fans who grew up with online access to any style of music they wanted to hear at any time.
Sam explains of his upbringing, “Rural areas had the Internet, and our parents didn’t. Kids growing up on farms now don’t just have a few country stations to listen to. There’s so much music from the Internet, on your phone—stuff they wouldn’t have had access to at another time. When it’s all there, why not?”