Sam Hunt would like to introduce you to his “Kinfolks.” Serving as first single since “Downtown’s Dead” was released in 2018, Hunt continues to stay in the lane he carved for himself that combines R&B and country in the catchy track.
Fans have been eager for new music from the superstar, who wiped his Instagram clean in the days leading up to the song’s official release on Thursday (Oct. 10), using a handful of photos including a collection of tools, an empty stoplight and worn down basketball hoop to tease the song alongside its lyrics. He offered fans teasers of the song on Instagram on Wednesday (Oct. 9).
Sitting down with Sounds
Like Nashville and other media in the days before the song’s unveiling, Hunt
revealed that he held himself accountable to write for an entire year from
September 2018 to 2019, deciding that he’d share the songs at the end of that
period – “Kinfolks” is one of them. Co-written with “Body Like a Back Road”
collaborators Josh Osborne and Zach Crowell, along with Jerry Flowers, Hunt had
the title for “Kinfolks,” but didn’t know which direction to take it. That’s
when Flowers stepped in with the idea “I
wanna introduce you to my kinfolks” and the verses evolved from there. The
lyrics speak to bringing someone to your hometown and introducing them to the
people and places that shaped you, while using images like a house at the end
of the road in a sea of Georgia pine trees to help bring the story to life.
The singer sees “Kinfolks” through the lens of his
hometown of Cedartown, Georgia, bringing to mind memories of his family, such
as gathering around the table with his cousins on holidays, along with images
of basketball hoops that represent his passion for sports. “It’s just home,” he
“Kinfolks” is available now.
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