Sam Hunt Says Sampling Webb Pierce’s Iconic Tune “Just Felt Right”

Sam Hunt Says Sampling Webb Pierce’s Iconic Tune “Just Felt Right”

By sampling Webb Pierce’s 1953 No. 1 hit, “There Stands the Glass,” in his current single, “Hard to Forget,” Sam Hunt has introduced Webb’s iconic song to a new generation of country music fans.

While hardcore, old-school country fans may liken Sam’s sampling to blasphemy, the closer truth is that Sam has opened up the ears of younger fans to a country song that’s more than 65 years old—and that’s a great thing. Not to mention, there are royalty checks for everyone involved. “Hard to Forget” was co-penned by Sam, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Ashley Gorley, as well as crediting “There Stands the Glass” songwriters Audrey Grisham, Russ Hull and Mary Jean Shurtz.

As Sam told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, he follows his gut when it comes to sampling tunes.

“I wish I could break it down, but it’s more intuitive than anything else,” says Sam to Kix. “It’s a feel. You know, you can just . . . start playing. You can start sampling country songs and put drum sounds with ’em or change the chord progression a little bit, and it’s hard to say why they don’t work. You can sit in a room and play and start combining eras of country music with modern drum sounds and . . . it’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, no,’ and you miss a lot more than you hit, and I’ve missed a lot with other attempts at doing what the Webb Pierce sample does, but when I heard that one, I knew it was right, and I don’t know why, it just felt right.”

Watch Sam’s new acoustic video for “Hard to Forget.”

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Earlier this year Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard announced that while Florida Georgia Line would continue, both guys would also be venturing out to do their own musical projects. As their FGL song “Long Live” is knocking on the door to number-1, Tyler is also climbing the chart with Tim McGraw and their duet “Undivided.”

Now, Brian is giving fans a taste of what’s to come with his solo project – he shared, “There’s a new kind of cowboy in town…who’s ready to ride this wave? Can’t wait for y’all to hear this new music.”

Brian also made some news in announcing that he’s partnering with Warner Music Nashville when it comes to any future solo projects he has, “I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here. I’m humbled to team up with Warner Music Nashville to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level. This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind – get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”

Photo Credit: Ben Christensen