Sam Hunt Sings ‘Body Like a Back Road’ at 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Sam Hunt performed his most recent single, "Body Like a Back Road," at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 21). Although there were pulsating lights illuminating the stage behind Hunt, the country star kept his performance fairly simple.
Hunt began his 2017 BBMAs performance seated on a stool with his acoustic guitar. By the first chorus, though, Hunt was strolling around the stage, playing to the cameras and singing to the crowd. Hunt returned to his stool to finish the song as his band played the song out.
Written by Hunt, Zach Crowell (who also produced the track), Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally following Hunt’s engagement to now-wife Hannah Lee Fowler, “Body Like a Back Road” is a short, laid-back song with lyrics to match. The singer says that the track helped “lighten up” what was shaping up to be a “heavy” sophomore album.
“I’ve been writing songs over the past, I guess, year and a half, trying to conceptualize a new record, and it kinda started taking a heavy direction, and I sat down at one point and was like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna lighten this up a little bit, it needs a lighter flair,’” Hunt recalls. “[“Body Like a Back Road”] sort of swings, and hopefully it’s easy to listen to and will put a smile on some folks’ faces.”
As far as Hunt's second album goes, fans can expect to hear more songs from the country star before the record itself drops. According to Universal Music Group Nashville president Cindy Mabe, there is a timetable in place for the release of Hunt’s highly anticipated sophomore album; however, in the meantime, fans will get to hear new singles “every few months until the album is ready,” says Hunt’s manager, Brad Belanger. For his part, Hunt explains that “putting out music as it’s made, versus holding it until an album’s finished, allows me to be more timely and maintain balance.”
Hunt is scheduled to head out on his 15 in a 30 Tour beginning on June 1; he will headline the 2017 Taste of Country Music Festival in June.
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