Sam Hunt had taken a self-imposed break from music after producing his smash hit ‘Body Like A Back Road’ over a year ago. The single was the first taste of Sam’s sophomore year in his artistry after his well-loved debut album ‘Montevallo.’ The song did not disappoint fans, as it spent 34 weeks at the top of the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart – marking an all-time record. Now, fifteen months later, Hunt steps back onto the scene with his new single ‘Downtown’s Dead’ – a much anticipated wait.
Hunt had set the tone for his new single with a series of Instagram posts. After wiping clean his entire account, the singer/songwriter solely focused on marketing his new song with pictures of what appears to be a Spanish inspired town. Warm tones, desert vibes, and desolation are prominent throughout, leaving fans up for interpretation.
To open the single, an eerie Latin sounding guitar cuts through the noise with hints of hip-hop background vocals. As part of Sam’s repertoire, his vibrant and upbeat vocals capture the listener and takes them on a distinct – and catchy – journey. With country/pop crossover styled music, ‘Downtown’s Dead’ depicts the story of a girl leaving, presumably the “life of the party,” and now nothing seems alive without her. Despite being in the midst of clubs with strobe lights and house music, the feeling of emptiness is depicted with the lines “everywhere I go looks like the place to be I see people that I know and I feel like there’s no one here but me.”
‘Downtown’s Dead’ is written by Hunt, Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell, and Josh Osborne – the same team that co-wrote his Grammy-nominated ‘Body Like A Back Road’ and much of his album ‘Montevallo.’ It’s safe to say this band of writers work well with Hunt and continue to produce chart-toppers. And we can predict this new single will follow suit. Sam Hunt released this new single just in time for summer – which will be an automatic download and playlist appearance after just once listen. The chorus is hauntingly catchy and the flow of the music will make you want to put it on repeat, without even realizing.
You can see Sam Hunt perform this new song live at his two stops in New England this summer: June 29th at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT and on July 6th at Fenway Park in Boston, MA.
Favorite Lyrics: Then Friday night it might as well be just another Tuesday night without you as long as you’re still in my head…