Sam Hunt is back, folks!
It all started with his entire Instagram feed disappearing. The nine posts that now exist, after years of photos mysteriously vanished, all point fans in the direction of a new single called “Downtown’s Dead,” with a release date of today.
The single, which was written by Hunt, along with co-writers Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell, and Josh Osborne, is the first release by the chart-topping artist since his February 2017 single, “Body Like a Back Road.” The team of writers behind “Downtown’s Dead” happens to be the same group that concocted the history-making “Back Road.”
“Downtown’s Dead,” which can be heard below, is about a breakup that leaves Hunt feeling like the world is empty without the woman he lost. As Hunt wanders the streets of downtown on a weekend night, he compares it to a Tuesday when no one would be out. This is because the one person he cares to see on the streets isn’t there anymore. Perhaps the line that most adequately describes his apathetic approach to going out for a good time is, “as long as you’re still in my head, there ain’t no way that I can paint a ghost town red.”
The followup single to “Body Like a Back Road” has huge shoes to fill, as the Hunt tune that was released over a year ago was a record-breaking and history-making track. The massive hit was atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for twenty-five straight weeks, which is the longest running streak at No. 1 in chart history. However, if anyone can rewrite history (again), it is Hunt…and this song, penned by the same masterminds behind the last, could very well be his ticket to the top.
Listen to Sam Hunt’s brand new single, “Downtown’s Dead,” here and let us know what you think of the song.