Sam Hunt has released a new acoustic version of his current country hit ‘Hard To Forget.’ The song originates from his chart-topping Southside album.
The album, and original single, version of the track samples from Webb Pierce’s 1953 country staple ‘There Stands The Glass.’ That hit was written by Audrey Grisham, Mary Jean Shurtz and Russ Hull, so Hunt shares the writing credits on his release with no fewer than seven others in total. He co-wrote the new parts of it with Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.
On Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart for the week of 27 June, ‘Hard To Forget’ climbs 9-5. On Hot Country Songs, it’s performing even better, rising 5-3; on Country Streaming Songs, it’s up 5-4. It holds at No. 4 on Country Digital Song Sales.
The Southside album, named one of 2020’s best so far by US weekly, is his second No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, following the triple platinum success of his Montevallo debut. The album is back up 6-4 in its 11th week on the country survey, while its previous hit ‘Kinfolks’ is one of country radio’s top recurrents in continuing airplay.
“A Nashville provocateur”
The New York Times‘ review of Southside said it was “a reminder that Hunt is a Nashville provocateur who can write better songs than almost everyone he’s trying to provoke.” It prompted Rolling Stone to describe Hunt as “an innovator who has remade country in his own image and also figured out how to reclaim its past.”
Billboard said that Hunt’s “ace storytelling and ability to incorporate hip-hop influence into a more modernized form of country are still intact.” Stereogum picked up on the star’s “formidable charisma and world-building ability.” The album will be available on vinyl from 17 July.
Southside can be bought here.