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Sam Hunt’s Video for “Take Your Time” is Not What You’d Expect

Here at WKDQ, I manage this website. In fact, I manage all the websites for our radio stations here in Evansville and Owensboro which means I also travel to check in on WKDQ's sister station, WBKR on a weekly basis. The first time Jaclyn Graves, midday DJ on WBKR, and I heard Sam Hunt's song "Take Your Time" in a music meeting, we both felt the magic. We both got that tingly feeling deep down in our stomachs - it was the feeling of new love! Ha!

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2015 CRS New Faces Show Demonstrates the Changing Tide of Country Music

This is not your father's country music — and that's a good thing.

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Sam Hunt, Choreographer Matt Steffanina Partner for New ‘Leave the Night On’ Video [Exclusive Premiere]

A new dance video for Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On" exemplifies his willingness to push country music's boundaries further than perhaps anyone before him. It could earn him an ACM this spring, or maybe just a sweet performance of the chart-topping song. Hunt and hip-hop choreographer Matt Steffanina teamed up to create the video, available during this exclusive Taste of Country premiere.

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Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell to Battle for ACMs New Artist of the Year

It's safe to say Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are having a happy this Wednesday, as the three men have been named final New Artist of the Year nominees leading up to the 2015 ACM Awards.

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Sam Hunt’s Secret: ‘Try to Stay as Naive as Possible’

Sam Hunt didn't realize the risk he was taking in releasing songs like 'Leave the Night On' to radio, but his co-writers sure did. The white-hot singer's debut single rode a heavy R&B groove to No. 1, and then he followed it with a song that stretched the country genre even further.

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Sam Hunt Brings ‘Take Your Time’ to TV With Soulful Performance on ‘Ellen’ [Watch]

Before his tour kicks off this week, Sam Hunt had a little dress rehearsal, singing his new single 'Take Your Time' on 'Ellen.' The always-encouraging hostess even bragged about the country newcomer's accomplishments before he took the stage.

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Sam Hunt Recalls His First Football Concussion

Before becoming one of Nashville's hottest songwriters, and then one of Nashville's hottest new male artists, Sam Hunt was a college football quarterback at Middle Tennessee State University and UAB. Recently he revealed that he suffered a pretty bad concussion that temporarily scared him from the game.

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Country Whuppin’ – Sam Hunt Vs. Easton Corbin

The one-time champion trend continues, as Billy Currington is knocked off by Sam Hunt in the Country Whuppin'.  Sam takes over as champ, and tries to hang on, as he faces the new tune from Easton Corbin!

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Country Whuppin’ – Billy Currington Vs. Sam Hunt

The changing of the guard continues on the Country Whuppin' as Joe Nichols relinquishes the championship throne to Billy Currington and 'Don't It!'  Can Billy keep from playing hot potato with the crown, or can he get a second win against his challenger today, the second single from country/hip-hop fusion expert, Sam Hunt?

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Sam Hunt, ‘Take Your Time’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

With ‘Take Your Time,’ Sam Hunt isn’t going to win back any country music lovers who dismissed him and his style after one listen to ’Leave the Night On.’ The song is even more influenced by R&B (specifically '90s R&B), and even more likely to irritate stodgy traditionalists.

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Sam Hunt’s First Headlining Tour Sells Out 15 Markets Within Minutes

Sam Hunt continues to amaze. The country newcomer sold out 15 markets of his first-ever headlining tour within just minutes of going on sale.

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Sam Hunt Kicking Off 2015 With Lipstick Graffiti Headlining Tour

Sam Hunt marked one thing off his bucket list when 'Leave the Night On' reached the top of the charts. Now, he's hitting the road on a headlining tour!

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