Sam Hunt’s ‘Kinfolks’ Tops the Charts

This marks Hunt’s sixth chart-topping single.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 26, 2020


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Sam Hunt returned to the top of the charts this week as his latest hit single, “Kinfolks,” reached the No.1 spot on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts.

Hunt co-wrote “Kinfolks” alongside Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne.

“When I think of ‘kinfolks,’ when I think of that phrase, I think of my family, but also I think of my people back home – beyond family,” Hunt previously explained. “It’s my buddies who’ve been a part of my story from the beginning. I’ve made a lot of new friends and met a lot of new people who are important to me since I’ve moved away, but that core group is still my core group. It’s like that old saying, ‘you can’t make old friends.’”

This marks the superstar’s sixth chart-topping single and comes on the heels of the April 3 release of his long-awaited new album, Southside. The 12-track project also includes the smash hit “Body Like a Backroad” and other previously released tracks such as “Downtown’s Dead” and “Drinking Too Much.”

Hunt recently revealed that his next single will be “Hard To Forget,” which 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.

Southside, the follow-up to Hunt’s 2014 debut, Montevallo, drops April 3. Shortly after, Hunt will launch The Southside Summer Tour 2020 with special guests Kip Moore, Travis Denning, ERNEST and a DJ set by Brandi Cyrus.

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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.