Sam Hunt dropped a brand-new single just in time for summer.
The country hitmaker’s new release, “Water Under The Bridge,” is an ode to adolescence paired with an infectious groove that instantly pulls listeners in.
The lyrics find the superstar looking back on the carefree days of his youth as he sings, “That muddy river, it was rollin’/ We didn’t care where it was goin’/ We had it made, we didn’t know it/ We were young, dumb, and so full of it/ Broken bottles and graffiti/ Beer and girls and poppin’ wheelies/ Love was fun and life was easy/ Now it’s just water under the bridge.”
Co-written by Hunt alongside Chris LaCorte, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Water Under The Bridge” follows Hunt’s eighth chart-topping hit, “23,” which was co-written Hunt and the same trio of songwriters.
“Water Under The Bridge” transports Hunt back to growing up in Georgia where he spent time countless hours near a local watering hole with friends.
“It’s a song that is literally about ‘Water Under The Bridge’ but it’s really about that little place that most small towns have,” Hunt said in a press release. ”In my case, it was a little hangout spot down by the river up under an old backroad, and we used to gather up there – folks have been gathering up there long before we came along and I’m sure still gathering up there now – but on Friday and Saturday night go out there to have a good time, let our hair down a little bit, get into a little bit of trouble. We made a lot of memories out there.”
The tune, as well as “23,” is expected to appear on Hunt’s forthcoming, yet-to-be-announced new album.
During a recent interview with Audacy’s Katie Neal, Hunt shared that he has a lot of his third studio album completed.
“I got a big chunk of [the new album] finished, with all the time off. And then, have slowly tried to piece it together,” Hunt told Neal. “It gets harder as time has gone on…we had nothing else going on except for that project we worked on… I’ve got to get the band back together in terms of my production guys. It’s a little tricker now to track everybody down. I’ve got another song coming out in a few weeks. I’m going to try to trickle songs out after that over the summer,” he added.
Earlier this month, while performing at The Ryman, Hunt revealed that he and his wife Hannah Lee Fowler recently welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lucy Lu.
“I recently had a baby girl named Lucy Lu,” Hunt said, surprising the crowd who erupted into cheers.
While it’s unclear when Lucy Lu made her arrival, Hunt told the audience that he and Lee Fowler welcomed her “a couple of weeks ago” and that she’s already had a profound impact on his life.
“I think being out here in the music business and being out on the road is sort of hard on my heart,” Hunt told the crowd. “My heart definitely a lot harder some days since I left that small town, but it’s amazing how that little girl melted that all away overnight a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been filled with a lot of gratitude these past couple of weeks and I just want to say up here on The Ryman stage how grateful I am to have been a part of Country music for the last ten years.”
Hunt has tour dates planned through November. More information can be found on his website.