Sam Hunt Readies New Single, ‘Downtown’s Dead,’ for Release on May 16
It's a great day to be a Sam Hunt fan: The country singer announced via Instagram on Tuesday (May 15) that he has plans to release a brand-new single, "Downtown's Dead," on May 16. It will be his first single since the February 2017 release of "Body Like a Back Road," a song that achieved massive popularity with Hunt's fanbase and sat at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart for 25 consecutive weeks -- a new record.
Despite the enormous success of that single as well as his debut album, Montevallo, Hunt stepped away from his musical career in 2017. "I'm at a place in my career and in my lie where I'm not willing to give music 100 percent of me anymore," he told The Boot in an interview in July of 2017. The year before, he had focused heavily on winning back his on-again, off-again girlfriend (and now wife), Hannah Lee Fowler, including making seven trips to Hawaii in 2016 to win her back. Hunt has said that it's important to him to support Fowler as much as she supports him, and scaling back on musical projects allows him to focus more on his family.
After wiping his Instagram account, Hunt started fresh with a photo of himself staring at a vague point in the distance, with the succinct caption, "New single tomorrow....'Downtown's Dead.'"
Hunt wrote the new track with Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell and Josh Osborne -- the same co-writers behind "Body Like a Back Road." In fact, some configuration of the foursome appear in every track on Montevallo.
While Hunt has not released new music since February of 2017, he has continued to tour, with his own headlining 2017 15 in a 30 Tour. He is also planning some stadium dates with Luke Bryan in 2018 as well as headlining the 2018 Taste of Country Music Festival in June.
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