Sam Hunt To Host ‘Southside’ Album Release Party In Las Vegas

After taking “Kinfolks” to the top of the charts earlier this week, Sam Hunt has announced plans to host a…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 28, 2020

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Sam Hunt; Photo Courtesy MCA Nashville

After taking “Kinfolks” to the top of the charts earlier this week, Sam Hunt has announced plans to host a Southside album release party in Las Vegas ahead of the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Set for Friday, April 3 at Brooklyn Bowl, the show will feature a “full-blown” performance from Hunt as well as multiple surprise guests. Tickets for the Southside album release party go on sale beginning Friday, March 6 via Sam Hunt’s official website.

Southside, Hunt’s long-awaited sophomore album, features 12 songs, including the chart-topping “Kinfolks” and Hunt’s next radio single, “Hard To Forget.” The new single turned heads upon its release in early February. The tune includes a sampling of Webb Pierce’s 1953 chart-topper “There Stands the Glass.”  According to his social media feed, Hunt filmed a music video for the song earlier this month while visiting the West Coast.

The album drops on April 3, just weeks before the launch of Hunt’s The Southside Summer Tour 2020 with special guests Kip Moore, Travis Denning, ERNEST and a DJ set by Brandi Cyrus.

The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take place Sunday, April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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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.