Sam Hunt’s Memories Haunt the ‘Outskirts’ in New Breakup Song [Listen]
There is nothing like returning to one’s old stomping ground and reliving old memories. Sometimes, those are fond. But sometimes, they are marked with melancholy and a little heartbreak. The latter is exactly what Sam Hunt sings about in his new song, “Outskirts.”
Hunt co-wrote the song with Josh Osborne, Jerry Flowers and Zach Crowell, and the pensive mid-tempo tune finds Hunt brooding over how memories of his ex flood him whenever he’s in the “outskirts” of town. He’s living a great and busy life in the city with that past buried, but somehow, being back in this old stomping ground takes him back to a place of wistfulness.
“But soon as I get out here on the outskirts / I wish I was runnin' by your house first / Something 'bout a summer in the South, sure / Shines like gold down these old / Round bail river valley backroads / Way back in the holler where the grass grows / God almighty, baby, we were that close / To ditchin' this town and settlin' down / Out here on the outskirts,” Hunt sings in the chorus over brisk drumbeats and mandolin chords.
Hunt is slated to play a headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Friday (March 10). Additionally, this summer, the “Body Like a Back Road” singer will hit the road for his Summer on the Outskirts tour. The multi-city trek kicks off in Hartford, Conn., on July 6, and wraps up in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 9. Tickets are available at Hunt’s website.