Sam Hunt may be known for his upbeat pop/country anthems but he’s also mastered the art of the country ballad and that’s especially apparent after his performance of “2016” on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
The superstar delivered an acoustic performance of his Southside album opener on the late night program on Monday (Dec. 7). Armed with an acoustic guitar, Hunt appeared solo, delivering a stunning rendition of the apologetic ballad.
The regretful tune finds Hunt confessing all the things he would do to undo the heartbreak he bestowed upon an ex-lover.
“I’d put the whiskey back in the bottle / Put the smoke back in the joint / Look up at the sky and say okay, okay, okay / I think you made your point,” he sings in the opening verse, “I’d cover up the pool at Skymont / I’d take some girls out of my phone / Give the nightlife back to Nashville / One night at a time ’til all the regrets go home.”
Lyrically, the song is country at its core and is undoubtedly one of Hunt’s most traditional leaning cuts to date.
Hunt first previewed “2016” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during his performance at the Universal Music Group Luncheon at Country Radio Seminar 2020.
The track appears on his latest album, Southside, which is available everywhere now.
Click above to watch Sam Hunt perform “2016.”