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Is Sam Hunt’s “Drinkin’ Too Much” To Raw For Country Radio

For fans who have been waiting for Sam Hunt‘s long overdue release of new music, the wait is up. Just a few days ago Hunt delivered, releasing raw and real lyrics in the form of an apology to Hunt’s on again, off again girlfriend (now fiancé) Hannah Lee Fowler. While some will praise Hunt’s heartfelt honesty, will country radio jive with this new tune?

“Oh, I drink and take a sip of it
Feelin’ like a hypocrite
Go for more and I don’t give a shit
I never used to talk, I never used to talk like this”

When we say Hunt lays it all out there we mean everything on the table, all or nothing. Fowler who notably was responsible for the breakup lyrics behind the slew of hits in Hunt’s debut album “Montevallo” she’s now clearly the forefront theme in this very specific confession.

“I’m sorry I named the album ‘Montevallo’
And I’m sorry people know your name now
And strangers hit you up on social media
I’m sorry you can’t listen to the radio
And drive out to the place we used to get peaches down in Pelham
I know you want your privacy
And you’ve got nothing to say to me
But I wish you’d let me pay off your student loans
To these songs you gave to me
‘Member the first time you stayed with me?
Overpacked, and drove up, and went to the CMA’s with me
Two years later, it felt like you were a million miles away from me
And I was the one on stage, drunk
Barely holdin’ on, on ABC
Hope your dad still prays for me”

“Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around”

While it is clear Hunt’s debut album was inspired by his personal life and heartbreak, the songs that turned #1’s we’re delivered with generally relatable themes. Each songwriter has a personal connection as to why a song is written, what makes it successful is that listeners alike can personally embrace the emotions intertwined in the lyrics. Is it possible Hunt has written something so personal people won’t be able to embrace it like they embraced his former singles?

“A year ago I was in a hotel room in Pheonix
Wonderin’ if it’s ever OK to lie
Cause I knew the truth would make you wanna die
But I told you everything, and you told me to have a good life
But you still couldn’t believe it was really goodbye
Every night you’d fill the bathtub up
Lie there for hours, put your face under water, and cry
I never wanted to be a heartbreaker
Turn your sisters and friends into matchmakers
I know you think my dreams came true
Since you been gone
Singin’ these songs are just something to do
Every dream I ever had was you
Hope you know I’m still in love
It’s the kind you can’t fall out of”

There’s always going to be that crowd that doesn’t relate to Hunt’s music, some people are afraid of change, not everyone embraced Johnny Cash when he first started. Talking through some of the lyrics makes artists like Cash, Hunt and many before them more like storytellers. Country is about the story of life, but are we continuing to pull further away from the genre and what separates it’s artists from the pop category?

“I know this might seem like a contradiction
The last thing you need is more unwanted attention
But you changed your number, and moved
And this is the only way I could reach you
So wherever you are, turn it up and listen

Hannah Lee, I’m on my way to you
Nobody can love you like I do
I don’t know what I’m gonna say to you
But I know there ain’t no way, I know there ain’t no way
No there ain’t no way we’re through”

Previous songs aside, would someone hear this song and wonder if Sam Hunt is the next Drake? There is a certain amount of genre-bending one can do in order to evolve their sound and further evolve the new era of it’s style of music. Is it possible Sam Hunt leans more towards his hip hop and R&B influences and should consider crossing over? This song begs to question whether not it will fit comfortably in with heavy hitting chart toppers like Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. We’ll leave it up to you as to whether or not you feel Hunt’s tune will be his next number one. If you haven’t given it a listen check it out here:

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I am a country music loving asphalt cowgirl with a passion for helping kids with cancer. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I currently reside. Although I was born and raised in the city don’t let that fool you. If you run into me, there’s no doubt you will find me wearing one of my many pairs of cowboy boots! There’s really not a time I can recall as a child where I wasn’t jammin’ out to country on the radio with my mom and two sisters in the car. Country music has always been a strong part of my life; recalling when I was 5, I sat on Santa’s lap and all I asked for was an Alan Jackson CD. Who knew a year later I would attend my very first concert to see Mr. Jackson. When not submerged in country music, I am a professional photographer, social media junkie, and most importantly spend my time devoted to my involvement with children with cancer. My passion started when a family friend was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the tender age of 12. What began with putting together some material, making her a blanket and wanting to get involved, turned into making blankets through her organization for her friends and other kids at a local hospital. One day I picked up a crochet book and decided to add crochet hats to the packages. Pairing that decision with my passion to help eventually turned into my own organization, “Unraveled by Samantha Dawn”. Word started to spread about what I was doing and parents began contacting me to crochet hats and wigs for their own child suffering from cancer. From 2012 to 2016, I’ve crocheted almost 200 hats and wigs, and just added dolls in the last year that have shipped to kids all over the United States, England, Holland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Canada. I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of the kids and their families here in Orlando, in Nashville and along road trips to North Carolina. Jesus has blessed me with this opportunity and I am forever thankful for it. I look to Country Music for comfort, joy, and relaxation. It’s cool to be part of the very best fan base ever! I’m so lucky that my passion for these kids has effortlessly paired with my love for this genre and I hope one day to start a program to get these down to earth artists involved in more children’s hospitals around the US.
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