Fans who have been patiently awaiting the arrival of new music from Sam Hunt can rest easy because the country singer just debuted his brand new single, “Kinfolks.”
The up-tempo track, which dropped on Thursday (Sept. 10) at 5:00 pm ET, finds Hunt falling for that special someone, enough to want to bring her back to his hometown of Cedartown, Georgia, and introduce her to the people he grew up with.
Leading up to the release, Hunt took to Instagram to tease the track, which he wrote with buddies, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne. He also offered fans a clip of the chorus.
“I wanna introduce you to my kinfolks, to my old friends / To the house in the pines where the road ends / Take you to my hometown, where I grew up / Where I thought I knew it all before i knew what love was / Gave up on it, but, honey, you got my hopes up / And I’m thinkin’ that I wanna introduce you to my kinfolks,” he sings, while backed by heavy drums and electric guitars.
For Hunt, who broke out with his debut album, 2014’s Montevallo, the tune fits very much in the same vein as many of his early hits, both lyrically and sonically. In previous years, and with songs like 2014’s “Take Your Time” and 2017’s “Body Like A Backroad,” he introduced fans to his muse, Hanna Fowler, whom he married in April of 2017. But this time, he makes mention of other important people in his life such as his mother, Joan Hunt.
“I wanna take you home/ Not just take you home tonight / Get Jonie on the phone / She’ll leave us on a light / I wanna see the way you look up under all those stars,” he sings in the second verse.
“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 explained in a statement. “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.’”
“Kinfolks,” which follows the release of 2018’s “Downtown’s Dead” is expected to appear on Hunt’s long-awaited sophomore album due out in 2020.