At this point it is no secret that Sam Hunt’s debut album, ‘Montevello’ is sonically a very bold departure from what we know as traditional country. This was a sound that Sam felt confident in and largely in part thanks to one country songstress that pushes the envelope. Not in the way her sound is per say, but her lyrics challenge everyday beliefs. And just who might be that be? Well, Kacey Musgraves of course. Sam isn’t shy about saying she is exactly where he found his inspiration….
“Shane McAnally played me her original demos, and I was like, ‘Wow. This is really awesome,’” Hunt tells Rolling Stone Country. “It was cool to watch her come up while I was planning to release a record of my own — to see that unfold was inspiring.”
The ex football stud is quick to also credit songwriters McAnally and Josh Osborne with giving him the courage to create a record that was authentic to his sound.
“People would say, ‘That’s not really country’ or ‘That doesn’t really sound like what’s happening on the radio now,’” Hunt recalls. “[McAnally and Osborne] really embraced and encouraged what I wanted to do. I felt like, ‘Finally, maybe I do have something to offer here; maybe I do have something unique.’”
Well, whether you love or hate his sound you have to give him credit from drawing inspiration from a truly worthy artist and both are reaping the benefits of their hard work and dedication to their craft.