Sam Hunt Talks New Music: 'The Pressure's On'

by Sophie Schillaci 9:53 AM PDT, April 24, 2015
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Sam Hunt is taking his time with his sophomore album.

The country heartthrob saw huge success with his 2014 debut album Montevallo, opening atop the Billboard Country Albums chart and at No. 3 on the cross-genre Billboard 200. Spurred by the hit singles "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time," Hunt also scored a New Artist of the Year nomination at the 2015 ACMs. (The award ultimately went to "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" singer Cole Swindell, whose self-titled album was released a full eight months before Montevallo.)

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"The pressure's on," Hunt told ETonline of a follow-up album. "I just recently started to feel it, and that may be because I have not been writing at all. I just haven't had any time to do that, but I'm excited to get back in the studio."

Hunt is hoping to "carve out some time this fall" to get back to writing. In the meantime, he's got some homework to do.

"Even though we're traveling a lot and seeing all these crazy cool places, I've kinda lived in a pretty small bubble," he admitted. "There is a lot of life that I've experienced that will inspire writing, but I think I'm gonna have to find some time to do some living outside of the road to find some new experiences and new inspirations for new songs."

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ET caught up with Hunt at the taping of ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, where the 30-year-old teamed up with the legendary Dwight Yoakam. The special airs on CBS on Friday, May 15.

Back in January, we were with Hunt at the Troubadour in Los Angeles as he prepared to kick-off his headlining Lipstick Graffiti tour. Ever the good sport, Hunt was game for a rapid-fire round of "Diva Trivia" -- how'd he do? Watch below!

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