"Sam's an interesting new artist in that he's had just a stratospheric year, and his path to the success has kind of been uniquely his own," Yoakam told ET of his duet partner, but he couldn't resist comparing Hunt to another musical trailblazer.
"It reminds me a little bit of, with the infusion of soul and southern R&B, with the things that happened surrounding the album that Ray Charles put out -- the very historic album The Modern Sounds of Country Music back in the early '60s," Yoakam said. "It was a reinterpretation that not only intrigued country audiences at the time, but it brought a brand new audience to the country music world."
Hunt scored a Best New Artist nomination at this year's ACMs and performed his current single "Take Your Time" on the telecast. And just hours ago, Hunt found himself twice nominated for this year's CMT Music Awards.
Yoakam, meanwhile, recently celebrated the release of his brand new album Second Hand Heart via Warner Bros. Records. "This album was a joy every night we were in the studio making it," said the icon.