Multi-Platinum selling country artist Sam Hunt is back with brand new music. His single “23” was released on Thursday, September 9th. Hunt surprised fans by announcing the new single earlier this week on social media. Rest assured, fans always know the Georgia native is hard at work in the studio.
As longtime Hunt fanatics may remember, Hunt released his debut album Montevallo to critical acclaim in 2014. Four No. 1 hits came from the GRAMMY-nominated project. The singer-songwriter went on to release his sophomore album SOUTHSIDE in the spring of 2020; it spawned three No. 1 hits that include “Kinfolks,” “Hard To Forget,” and “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90s.” His stage presence and desire to stay creative have helped him achieve such success and continue his ever-growing country music career.
“23” is a feel-good song about honoring the memory of who we were in our younger years. Hunt sings from the perspective of watching his former flame move on with her life but reminding her that he’ll always see her at the age of 23. “But even if you cut it shorter, you’ll always have long blonde hair, you’ll always be Memphis queen, you’ll always be my first time, in New Orleans.” From a production standpoint, this track sounds like the perfect song for a drive home on winding back roads, which is exactly where the lyrics take you.
By the time the chorus kicks in, it’s impossible not to be hooked onto the song. Hunt recalls the past singing, “No matter where I go, no matter what I do, I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you, you could marry who you want, go back to Tennessee, but you’ll never be 23 with anyone but me.” Hunt wrote his newest release with Josh Osborne, Chris LaCorte, and songwriting sensation Shane McAnally. Even with three co-writers, Hunt’s signature style is clearly noted. Mixed with equal parts nostalgia and his signature flair, Hunt continues to set himself apart from his peers.
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