LISTEN: Sam Hunt Returns with Nostalic New Track, ’23’

Country hitmaker Sam Hunt is back with a brand new song, “23.”  The nostalgic track has the superstar looking back…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 9, 2021


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Country hitmaker Sam Hunt is back with a brand new song, “23.” 

The nostalgic track has the superstar looking back at a past relationship, fondly reminiscing on all of the memories he shared with an ex lover. And although they’ve moved on from each other, he admits he still cherishes the times they shared together. 

“No matter where I go, no matter what I do/ I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you/ You can marry who you want/ Go back to Tennessee/ But you’ll never be 23 with anyone but me,” Hunt sweetly sings on the chorus, adding, “We’ll always have Folly beach/ We’ll always have delta nights/ We’ll always be in-between real love and real life.” 

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Hunt co-wrote “23” alongside Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, and Chris LaCorte, who also produced the track. 

The Georgia native first previewed the song in the summer of 2020 as part of his appearance on the virtual 2020 Highway Finds Fest on Sirius XM. 

After his acoustic performing of the track, fans begged the superstar to release the song to streaming platforms. 


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This is the first taste of new music from Hunt since the release of his critically acclaimed album, Southside, which produced hits such as “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” “Kinfolks,” and “Hard To Forget.” 

Hunt currently has tour dates planned through October 2, including an appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 17. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.