The wait is finally over for Sam Hunt fans! The country-pop superstar is teasing the impending release of a new single titled “Kinfolks,” and he’s letting fans hear part of it a day before it’s set for release on Thursday (Oct. 10).
Hunt turned to Instagram on Wednesday morning (Oct. 9) to post a short clip of the song, which is a love song about wanting a lover to meet the family and see the places and faces most important to you.
“I want to introduce you to my kinfolks / To my old friends / To the house in the pines where the road ends / Take you to my hometown / Where I grew up / Where I thought I knew it all before I knew what love was / Gave up on it but honey, you got my hopes up / And I’m thinking that I want to introduce you to my kinfolks,” Hunt sings in the chorus.
The track is the kind of music amalgam that is Hunt’s specialty, with heavy-hitting drums, a vocal treated in a wash of echo and electric guitar lines carrying part of the melody. Hunt teamed with Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne to write the new single.
“When I think of ‘kinfolks,’ when I think of that phrase, I think of my family, but also I think of my people back home – beyond family,” Hunt says in a press release. “It’s my buddies who’ve been a part of my story from the beginning. 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.’”
The release of “Kinfolks” will mark Hunt’s first new music since he dropped “Downtown’s Dead” in 2018. That was preceded by a massive hit single in “Body Like a Back Road” in 2017, but it’s been five years since Hunt shot to fame with the release of his debut album, Montevallo. Hunt has been teasing new music off and on since then, most recently debuting a new song titled “Sinning With You” at a show in Calgary, Alberta, in September.
“I finally have a new single coming out here in about a month or so, and a new record coming out first of the year,” Hunt told the audience at that show. He is currently in the studio finishing up his next project, a press release confirms.
Hunt has not provided any further details about his upcoming sophomore project.
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