enters the Billboard chart this week at #3

Spotify online listen
3.5 of 5.0 from allmusic

debut album

artist website - http://www.samhunt.com/

Bio - from allmusic

Country singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Sam Hunt was born and raised in rural Cedartown, Georgia, where he was a gifted athlete and
had a fine career as a college quarterback at both Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Although he
was good enough to be signed as a free agent for a time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt was drawn increasingly to music. He had grown up on,
and loved, 1990s country, and after hearing all manner of rap, R&B, and other urban pop styles in college locker rooms, he developed a singing
and songwriting style that gently blended all of this, and he headed off to Nashville, ground zero for hopeful country songwriters, to begin his
career. Quickly signed to a publishing deal, he applied the self-discipline he learned as an athlete, and began writing better and better songs,
finally breaking through when songs he wrote or co-wrote were recorded by country stars Kenny Chesney ("Come Over," which went on to become a
number one single), Keith Urban ("Cop Car"), Billy Currington ("We Are Tonight"), and others. Hunt made his commercial recording debut when he
independently released a single, "Raised on It," in 2013, followed by a 15-song demo mixtape called Between the Pines that same year, also
independently released. Hunt signed a recording deal with MCA Nashville early in 2014, and the label released a single, "Leave the Night On,"
that same year in advance of an album. "Leave the Light On" became a big hit, peaking at three on the Billboard country singles charts and
thereby effectively setting the stage for the October release of Hunt's debut, Montevallo.

Album Review - from allmusic

A quarterback-turned-country songwriter-turned-country star, Sam Hunt never makes apologies for his inherent bro-ness on his 2014 debut
Montevallo. He's a laid-back, handsome, well-adjusted dude who makes music that sounds like he looks: friendly, ingratiating, relaxed, and
perhaps just a little bit non-descript. Montevallo deliberately sounds like other guys next door, sometimes evoking memories of Jason Aldean
(he's as comfortable with the slow-burning electronic rhythms of "Break Up in a Small Town" as Aldean is on "Burnin' It Down"), sometimes Keith
Urban (Hunt does his own version of "Cop Car," previously a hit for Urban), sometimes Jake Owen ("Raised on It" is a dead ringer for "Barefoot
Blue Jean Night"). Hunt is unabashedly a modern guy and his taste for busy electronic arrangements and facility with fleet-footed rhythms
distinguish him from the pack of modern country bros: it's what gives the nocturnal urban sparkle of the hit "Leave the Light On" a lift, it's
what gives "Single for the Summer" its sheen, it's what gives "Ex to See" a bit of dense menace. These electronic flourishes are notable but
they're not the anchor of Montevallo, nor is Hunt's amiable presence. What grounds the album is his clean, commercial songwriting, heavy on
hooks but also sturdily constructed. Ultimately, Hunt's ability to fuse his classical construction with modern flair and pass it off as no big
thing is what makes his debut something more than just another album from the bro next door.

first single of Leave The Night On
was posted back in July
still don't like it
this is a little better:

Track Listing

1. Take Your Time
2. Leave the Night On
3. House Party
4. Break Up in a Small Town
5. Single for the Summer
6. Ex to See
7. Make You Miss Me
8. Cop Car
9. Raised on It
10. Speakers